E-audiobooks

We have two e-audiobook lending sites. The books disappear after their loan period so you can’t get fines! Click below go to the websites or scroll down to find out more.


Overdrive e-audiobooks

Our Overdrive website has around 1000 e-audiobooks of all genres.  The same site also offers e-books to read on screen, as well as e-audiobooks.


RBDigital e-audiobooks

Our RBDigital website (formerly known as “OneClickDigital”) has around 500 e-audiobooks and is a good choice for modern UK titles.


Overdrive – how to borrow

On a tablet or mobile

With an Apple, Android or Windows phone or tablet, you can download the audiobooks straight to your device by installing the free ‘Libby’ app from your app store. When you use the app for the first time it’ll take you through a process to pick York Libraries from an international list. Then you’ll be ready to start downloading audiobooks to listen to on the app. You’ll need your library card number and PIN.

Alternatively, you could use the ‘Overdrive’ app. The ‘Overdrive’ app and the ‘Libby’ app both do the same job and have all the same books, it’s just personal preference which one you prefer to use. Libby is more modern in its appearance, but customers who have been using the e-library for a long time may prefer to stick with the ‘Overdrive’ app which has been around longer.

On your PC or laptop

Got to the Overdrive website and log in with your library card number and PIN.

The simplest audiobooks to use are the ‘Overdrive Listen’ format which come up in your internet browser without any software downloads required. These books can be used on the public PCs in our libraries, as well as at home.

For the MP3 format audiobooks, you’ll need to download some free software, Overdrive, before you start downloading. This software is available in the ‘help’ section of the Overdrive website.

On MP3 players

Follow the instructions for PCs above, then transfer the books onto your device by dragging & dropping from the Overdrive software.

Need Help?

See the Overdrive help website, which has lots of helpful tips.  If you get stuck you can contact any library for help.

RBDigital Digital – how to borrow

On an Apple or Android tablet or mobile

Go to our RBDigital website and click register to set up an account. It’ll ask you for your library card number (the one which starts Y000000). You’ll choose your own username and password. Next, go to your app store and install the free ‘RBDigital’ app. The first time you use the app it’ll ask you for your new username & password, and it’ll ask which library you want (tip: it’s York!). Now you’re ready to start downloading audiobooks to listen to on your new app.

On your PC or laptop, or MP3 player

Go to our RBDigital website and click register to set up an account. It’ll ask you for your library card number (the one which starts Y000000). You’ll choose your own username and password. Next click the “Help” link and under support find the correct desktop app for your computer. Log into the new software with your new RBDigital username and password.

Go back to our RBdigital website & checkout an eAudiobook. The eAudiobook will automatically appear in your RBdigital Media Manager to download & listen to on your normal music player, or transfer onto your device.

Need help?

See the help pages on the RBdigital website. If you get stuck, you can contact the supplier directly from that webpage, or contact any of our libraries.