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Planned maintenance from 25 June 2018

Essential maintenance is due to be undertaken on our library catalogue and related systems for a few days from 25 June 2018. Please see our news item for further information on how this will affect you.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Android guide

These instructions are suitable for a variety of Android devices including phones, tablets such as the Galaxy, Nexus or Hudl, e-readers such as the Kobo Arc, Nook Colour, Nook Tablet, Nook HD and the Kindle Fire.

Using BorrowBox for the first time

BorrowBox offers fiction and non-fiction e-books and e-audiobooks which can be downloaded to your device.

  • Download the free BorrowBox app from the Google Play Store or download from the Amazon App Store.
  • You will need to select Essex Libraries and log in with your library card number and pincode.
  • You will need to agree with the terms and conditions.

Borrowing e-books and e-audiobooks

  • After you have logged in you will arrive at the My Loans page which is where you will be able to see your loans, reservations and history. Tap the icons at the top of this screen to browse the e-books or e-audiobooks, search for a particular title or change the settings.
  • Once you have identified a title you'd like to borrow, click on the title and you will be given more information about the book plus the option to preview, borrow or reserve, if the item is already on loan.
  • Once you click on borrow you will be asked to confirm the loan. You will then be given the option to download or continue browsing. You will receive an email with a link to download the item.
  • You can download and enjoy your e-book or e-audiobook at any time by returning to the My Loans page.
  • You can borrow or reserve up to 7 e-books and 7 e-audiobooks from BorrowBox for a period of 21 days, in addition to 14 physical items on your library card.
  • If you need more information on using BorrowBox, there is a very comprehensive help section which should answer any of the questions you may have. Please note: you need to be logged in to view the help pages.


For more information on using Essex Libraries e-books or e-audiobooks use the feedback form, visit your local library, or call us on 0345 603 7628.


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