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Getting started with eBooks

You will need a current full library card to create your account.

If you already have an active library account, email us for your eBooks account to be created

While libraries are closed you can register online for a library card. You will receive a selfreg number, which you need to email us for your eBooks account to be created. We do require that you live in Birmingham and pay council tax to Birmingham City Council to be able to use Overdrive.

  • If your card has expired or if it is not recognised by Overdrive you will need to re-register. Please email us stating your library card number and we will update your access privileges.
  • If you have been issued with a new card, replacement card or your card has been re-registered, email us stating your library card number and we will create your account.
  • Outstanding books, fines or charges will restrict your access to eBooks until these have been cleared.


If you meet the requirements for the above and wish to proceed, please download the pdf instructions that will guide you on how to download eBooks.

Download instructions eBooks

Accessing Libby/Overdrive

To access your account, download the app or download content, please visit the Overdrive website.

Support for using eBooks

If you experience any issues with your card number, then please contact us by email:

Technical issues are handled by Overdrive using the help option within the Libby App.