Perfect for reading on the go or for accessing books when you can’t get to a branch, Borrowbox is a FREE app that lets you carry the library in your pocket. With a huge range of eBooks and eAudiobooks, Borrowbox allows you to download titles to your device and keep them for 3 weeks. You can renew each title twice for a total of 9 weeks!

The app comes with its own eBook reader that lets you adjust the background colour, the font type, the font size, line spacing and margin size, as well as the brightness and text alignment. You customise the book to suit your reading needs. Have to close the app in a hurry? Don’t worry, it will save what page you were on.

Borrowbox – eBooks

The app is available to download for Android, Apple and Kindle Fire devices (not available for the standard Kindle). All you need is your library number and PIN.

How to use Borrowbox for eBooks and Audiobooks

Download the Borrowbox app.

Then you just:

– choose your library from the dropdown menu;

– enter your library number where it asks for your ID/Barcode; and,

– enter your PIN where it asks for PIN/Password.

That’s it, you’re signed in and ready to browse and read!

Instructions on how to download Borrowbox to your Kindle Fire or Amazon Fire can be found here: http://www.borrowbox.com/kindlefire/install/

Having trouble getting access? You can also download the Libraries Ireland Borrowbox PDF guide.

Check out below for a “How to” video as well as an FAQ section.

How do I access BorrowBox?

There are two ways to access the service:

The BorrowBox App. There is an app for Android, Apple and Kindle Fire devices – just look for ‘BorrowBox’ in your app store to download or follow the links below to download directly.

The BorrowBox Website. Downloading the app gives the best user experience but if you only have access to a PC you can still use Borrowbox. Click here to visit the Tipperary BorrowBox website. Sign in using your Library barcode and PIN. Once signed in find a title you want to read/listen to. Now click the ‘Borrow’ button.

If it is an e-book you will be asked to confirm the loan then given the option to “Read now”. Click this and you can either “Read Online”, which will automatically take you to an e-reader where you can start reading the title immediately, or, alternatively you can download it as Adobe ePub.

If it is an e-audiobook you will be given the option to “Listen now”. Click this and you can either “Download complete eAudiobook” or, if you prefer, you can download it in parts. Just follow the 3 steps below to start listening.

How do I register for a BorrowBox account?

When you first use the service, you have to register for an account; after this all you need is your library card number and PIN to log in.

There are two ways to register for an account;

  1. Using the BorrowBox App. Go to your app store – Apple, Android and Kindle Fire. Now search for, download and install the ‘BorrowBox’ app. Open the app. Sign in with your library card. Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.

If you choose cancel you will not be able to use the service.

Enter your email address, display name and newsletter options and then tap Done. You now have a BorrowBox account and can use the app to search, borrow and download audiobooks and e-books.

  1. Using the BorrowBox website

Go to Tipperary County Council – BorrowBox. Click the Sign In button and sign in with your library card number (barcode) and PIN. Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Enter your email address, display name and newsletter options. Click Submit. Now you are ready to get browsing.

Are new titles added to the audiobooks and e-books catalogues?

Yes, there are new titles added every month.

How many audiobooks titles can I have on loan at one time?

You can borrow and download 5 ebooks and 5 audiobooks in total. If you have 5 audiobooks files on loan, you cannot download another one until the loan period expires or you return on one of the five. To see the time remaining on a loan, log in to your account and go to My Loans. When the loan period expires for an audiobooks title, you can no longer access it.

How do I see the items I have borrowed?

To see your loans, how long they have left before they expire, etc. click on ‘My Loans’.

Can I reserve audiobooks?

Yes, the books are sold to us on a one-book-one-borrow basis. If the title is on loan already you will be given the option to ‘Reserve’ it – this will place a reservation on the title and take one from your loan limit of 5 loans. You will be informed when it is available to be borrowed and downloaded. You can view your reservations by clicking on ‘My Loans’.


Can I renew audiobooks without downloading the file a second time?

Yes, you can renew your audiobook twice.

Can I return audiobooks files from 'My Loans'?

Yes, you can return items early if you have finished them. Click on ‘My Loans’ or ‘My Account’ and click the ‘Return’ button.

How do I listen to audiobooks in my car?

You will need the appropriate connection that works with your smartphone, tablet and car stereo – usually bluetooth. Contact your device manufacturer for specific requirements.

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