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Borrowbox user guide

Signing in

Using a smartphone or tablet

Using a tablet or smartphone, install BorrowBox app from the app store on your device.

Select your library, enter your library card number (omit 633) and PIN, and then accept the terms and conditions.

Using a computer

On a computer go to Bracknell Forest Libraries’ Borrowbox website. Select the sign in button on the right hand side of the screen. 

Enter your library card number (omit 633) and PIN.

Search, browse and borrow

Using a smartphone or tablet

Borrowbox iPhone navigation

To browse through categories or genres select the eAudiobooks button or eBooks button.

Searching for books on the Borrowbox mobile app

Select the search button to search for titles using author, title or keyword.

Choose an available title and select 'Borrow' and confirm the loan.

You can also reserve a title for later – you will get an email when the title is available.

Using a computer

Borrowbox search bar

To browse through categories or genres select the eAudiobooks button or eBooks button.

You can also search using the search box.

You can also reserve a title for later – you will get an email when the title is available.

Download and read or listen

Using a smartphone or tablet

My loans screen showing books taken out and reserved

You can choose to keep browsing or tap 'borrow' to listen or read offline.

The e-book will open as soon as it is downloaded.

For e-audio books tap the green download arrow button and then the play button to start listening.

If you choose to keep browsing, you can access and download your books later by selecting 'My loans'.

Using a computer

e-books

Click 'Download for eReader' to download and read offline using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).

How to download screen on Borrowbox

If you do not have ADE on your computer, click 'Download it now' to install ADE. 

ADE is a free and easy to use interface for reading e-books. Once you have installed ADE, follow the prompts to authorize your computer with an Adobe ID.

Now return to the BorrowBox website, go to 'My Account' and select the download button. If you get a pop-up dialogue box asking you whether you would like to open, run or save, select 'open with' and choose Adobe Digital Editions. The ebook will then show in ADE.

To transfer to an e-book reader, plug in your e-reader, open ADE and transfer (drag and drop) the e-book across to your e-reader, which should appear on the left side of ADE. 

e-audiobooks

Click 'Download complete eAudiobook' to download the MP3 files in full or you can choose to download in parts. When asked whether you want to open or save the book, select Save.

Borrowbox audiobook download

Now you can listen on your computer or transfer to an MP3 player or smartphone. Locate your downloaded e-audiobook folder and unzip - on a PC right click and select Extract All or using a Mac double click to unzip if unzipping has not occurred automatically.

Next drag and drop the unzipped e-audiobook folder into Windows Media Player or iTunes. 

To listen on your MP3 player or iPod, your device may sync automatically or connect your device to the computer and drag and drop the unzipped e-audiobook folder into your device. 

Renew and return your BorrowBox books

Using a smartphone or tablet

Select 'My Loans' then select return or renew as needed.

Return or renew from phone app

Using a computer

Using a computer go to 'My Account' and select 'Return' or 'Renew'. 

Renew or download books screen

Deleting Borrowbox e-audio books on a computer

E-audio books on a computer are not automatically removed when you return them or when the loan period finishes, but they no longer work. You will need to manually delete the file from your computer and portable media player in the same way you delete other files.

Contact information

Bracknell Forest Libraries

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