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Access thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks online with your Library card.

Borrow and read ebooks and eaudiobooks anywhere, anytime and across multiple devices. You can access best-selling novels, well-known classics, travel guides, and much more.

We offer two collections Overdrive and BorrowBox. These collections are easy to use, books are automatically returned when due, and items are available 24/7. 

If you can't find a particular item in one collection, or it is already on loan, check the other collection, it may also be there.



Collection What you can borrow How many items How long
Overdrive ebooks & eaudiobooks 15 items total 21 days
BorrowBox ebooks & eaudiobooks 8 ebooks + 8 eaudiobooks 14 days

Getting Started

What you need

An NT public library card number and your password.
Not a member? Join online. Forgot your password? Reset it.

A compatible device with internet access.

The relevant free software or app installed on your device.

  • for Macs and PCs download Adobe Digital Editions. You will need to register for an Adobe User ID also. Titles can then be transferred to a variety of ebook devices.
  • for compatible tablets or smartphones: the Overdrive app (Libby) and/or BorrowBox Library app which can be downloaded free from your device’s app store (e.g. iTunes or Google Play).
How it works

1. Browse or search the digital collections: Overdrive or BorrowBox.
2. Download to a tablet using the Overdrive app (Libby) or BorrowBox Library app; OR Transfer to eReading devices from your computer using Adobe Digital Editions.
3. You can borrow up to eight ebooks and eight eaudiobooks from BorrowBox. You can borrow up to fifteen ebooks or eaudiobooks from Overdrive.
4. Maximum loan period is 21 days (Overdrive) or 14 days (BorrowBox).
5. Titles will be automatically returned at the end of the lending period.

Ebook Troubleshooting

Having trouble accessing the digital collections? These quick fixes resolve most issues customers have using ebooks. 

Confirm your log in details are correct.
  • To log in, use your library card number, including the '000' at the start of the number, and your password.
  • Double check you have the right password. Try logging in to your library account to check that your password is correct. If it does not work, you can reset your password from that page. Then try to log into the ebooks again.
Check your app is up to date.
  • Visit your App Store.
  • Search for the app (Libby or BorrowBox).
  • If the button says 'Update', you will need to update the app.
  • Once you have updated the app, try logging in again.
Check your operating system is up to date.
  • Go to 'Settings' in your device.
  • Find 'software update' and update. 
Still not working?
  • Try turning your device off and on again.
  • Try deleting the app and reloading it.
  • If the app is still not working, please contact us for assistance. Library staff are available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (excluding public holidays). 

Ebook FAQs

Why isn’t the Kindle ereader compatible with the libraries ebook and eaudiobook service?

Currently there is NO Kindle ebook lending platform available to Australian public libraries. Without it being available, we simply cannot offer such a service. The Kindle is a proprietary product sold by Amazon. It uses its own particular software and Amazon requires Australian Kindle users to purchase their books through the Amazon store.

If you want to give Amazon feedback about their Australian Kindle policy you can email Amazon directly via this email address:

I am not a City of Darwin Libraries member, can I borrow from your digital library?

Anyone with an NT public library card can borrow ebooks and eaudiobooks. If you reside within the NT and wish to join City of Darwin Libraries for the sole purpose of accessing eresources, including ebooks, without visiting your library in person, you can join online to receive a library card.

Why aren't all books available as ebooks?

Several major publishers have chosen not to sell ebooks to libraries.

Can I request an ebook?

You are able to reccommend items for purchase through the Overdrive website. If the book you want doesn't appear in your search, you will see titles that are available to recommend at the bottom of the page. 

Where can I get more help?

The City of Darwin Libraries will try to assist you with your ebook and eaudiobook queries. Library staff are able to assist you in person or attempt to assist by phone. Call your library to find a suitable time. Find your local library contact details.

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