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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 10 items total 21 days
BorrowBox ebooks & eaudiobooks 8 ebooks + 8 eaudiobooks 14 days
What you need

Your City of Darwin 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 ten ebooks 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 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?

You must be a City of Darwin Libraries member to 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.

Where can I get more help?

The City of Darwin Libraries will try to assist you with your ebook and eaudiobook queries. We have weekly sessions at Casuarina Library 9-10am Fridays and the City Library 9-10am Saturdays. No bookings are required, just bring your device with you. Alternatively, please contact your Library and make an appointment for a one-on-one help session.

Last modified 
09 Dec 2019

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