Your Digital Library

As a library member, you can download digital titles directly onto your device.

To use this fantastic free service you will need a Perth and Kinross library membership, internet access and a compatible device.

If you’re not a member and if you live or work in Perth and Kinross, why not join the library to use this service.

Get started

There are just a few steps required before you can start downloading titles:

  1. Download the Libby app, available for iOSAndroid and Kindle Fire (or other compatible devices).
  2. Follow the prompts to find your library (search for ‘Perth’).
  3. Login to the app/website with your library card number and PIN and start browsing our Digital Library collections.
  4. If you have any problems signing in with your library card number or PIN, please contact us on 01738 444949 (Monday-Friday 9.30am-3.30pm).
  5. For any other problems, please contact us at [email protected]

If you are having any problems with device compatibility, you can also use the web browser version of Libby at libbyapp.com or the OverDrive website at perthandkinross.overdrive.com (on a supported web browser).

Use an E-reader (for e-books)

You can also use an E-reader device to transfer titles to, once they have been downloaded to a computer. Some E-readers allow you to download titles from the library directly onto the device. See the Help for E-readers web page for more information.

Reserve a title

The e-book service allows you to reserve (hold) a title which has already been downloaded by another user. If you wish to include your email address with the reservation you will be alerted as soon as the title becomes available.

Renew a title

Loans can be renewed three days before they are due to expire, as long as the library still owns a copy and there are no holds (reservations).

If a title you borrowed has holds, you won’t be able to renew it. Instead, you can use the Request again feature to join the title’s wait list, so you can borrow it again once it’s available. If prompted, enter and confirm your email address in the pop-up window to get an email when the title is available to borrow again.

Return a title

It is possible to ‘return’ a title once it is taken out on loan. Each title has a loan period for up to 21 days at which point the title will expire and will no longer be readable on your computer or e-reader. To return a title before this time, navigate to the loans/bookshelf page for the title you want to return. There should be a return option when you select the title that you want to return.

There are no charges for ‘overdue’ titles. Once your borrowing time is up, the title will no longer be available on your device.

Kindle owners

For reasons beyond our control, the service is not available for any Kindle e-readers including the original, Paperwhite and Voyage models. However, the Kindle Fire is compatible with the service, as long as it is running on Android/Fire version 5.0 as a minimum (correct as at March 2021). Follow the instructions to install Libby on your Fire tablet.

You can also find free e-books for original Kindle e-readers from the following websites:

  • Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks; download them or read them online.
  • Bibliomania offers full text editions of over 2,000 classic works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reference titles.

Magazine titles available

See our full Digital Magazine Collection as well as other digital magazines available in PressReader.

Additional Support

For further information about using the e-library service, please see the Help and/or Troubleshooting pages.

Online newspapers also available

See our Digital Newspapers page for more details about how you can read your favourite newspaper online for free!