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Free online library services can help you through lockdown

Date Published: 10 November 2020
Oakham Library

Rutland Library Service is encouraging people to make the most of free online library services during the national coronavirus lockdown.

Library buildings in Oakham, Uppingham, Ketton and Ryhall have been temporarily closed in response to the introduction of new national COVID-19 restrictions.

Reading for pleasure is known to have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing at any age. For children, in particular, sharing a story and talking about reading is a great way to improve vocabulary and helps to express emotions. 

Anyone who is a registered library user in Rutland can access a wide range of online serves completely free as part of their membership.

“Rutland libraries provide a great range of services and things to do. The library service is free to join, free to use and much of what’s on offer is available online. It’s important that we all respect the national lockdown and stay at home as much as possible – only going out for essential reasons. Our free online library services are a great resource for individuals and families of all ages.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure

The following online services are available free with a Rutland Libraries membership:

eBooks and eAudio from Borrowbox

A wide range of adult’s and children’s book and talking book titles. Download the Borrowbox app or visit the website to use the service with your library card and PIN. Borrowbox features including a dyslexic-friendly font, adjustable playback speed for eaudio and is optimised to work with Apple’s VoiceOver. 


Access more than 100 eMagazines for free through your phone, tablet or computer. The RBdigital app is available for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire and has a wide range of top titles including Hello, BBC Good Food Magazine, Autocar, Health & Fitness, New Scientist and more.

eMagazines can be read anytime, anywhere using the free app. Downloaded magazines can also be read offline. Register and download the app.

On Friday 5th March 2021 Rutland Libraries will be moving our digital eMagazines from RBdigital to Overdrive. 

You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great magazines you loved in the RBdigital app, available through the Libby app from OverDrive, and all still free for Rutland Libraries members. 

Getting Started with Libby

We are proud to continue to offer you a wide selection of digital magazine titles for you to access anytime, anywhere through the award-winning Libby app. From Friday 5th March all you will need to get started in Libby is your device, and your library card and PIN number.

The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our eMagazines in just a few minutes. The link below will take you to the Libby App homepage and guide you through it. 

Please note that until Friday 5th March you won't be able to select Rutland Libraries as an option on the app, this will become live from 5th March only.

Click here to access and download the Overdrive 'Libby' app and access eMagazines (external link)

Please see the Rutland Libraries website for more information.

eNewspapers and eMagazines from PressReader

Use you library card to access thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world for free. This includes a wide selection of UK national and weekend newspapers and magazines. Available from the PressReader website or using the PressReader app

BookTrust HomeTime

Home Time from BookTrust offers online book readings, games, prizes and much more. You can also follow the hashtags #BookTrustHometime #UnitedByBooks on social media.

Join Rutland Libraries for free

For further guidance about COVID-19, please visit our Coronavirus Information Hub.

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