How to download ebooks

Your guide to borrowing and reading ebooks

The instructions below are a guide to downloading and borrowing ebooks from the City of Sydney's library network.

For further assistance, contact the library.

1. Create an Adobe ID

Visit Adobe online.

Click on 'Sign in' to register.

2. Load software onto your computer or device

Adobe Digital Editions logoFor PCs and Macs, Kobo eReader, Nook and Sony eReader:

Before downloading ebooks you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer/device to enable downloading. 

Bluefire logoFor tablets/phones with IOS (ipad/iphone/ipod) or Android devices:

Before downloading ebooks you will need to download Bluefire Reader to read EBL books on your mobile device: 

Bluefire Reader app for iPhone/iPod/iPad

Bluefire Reader app for Android devices

3. Visit the City of Sydney library’s catalogue and log in

Visit the online catalogue.

Login to your library account.

Screen shot of the library's online catalogue log-in screen 

Log in to your library account with library card number barcode (or alias) and PIN (or password). 

Screen shot of user name and password fields.

4. Search for ebooks on the library catalogue

Search for ebooks by title/author/subject and change the format to ebook.

Close-up of the e-book format online.

Or browse our collection of ebooks by clicking on the ebooks tab.

e-book selection tab online

5. Select the ebook you want to read

Select the item you want to view by clicking on Click here to view ebook.

Screen shot of log-in fields to access e-books 

For viewing on City of Sydney Library public computers: click Read Online.

For viewing the ebook online: click Read Online.

For downloading the ebook: click Download.

Read and download buttons to access e-books

6. Download the ebook to your device

Click on Download.

Select the Loan Length from the drop down menu.

Select the Format for the item to be downloaded (PDF or ePUB).

Click on Download.

e-book Download button

For personal computers/laptops click on Open and the ebook will open in Adobe Digital Editions.

For mobile devices/tablets the ebook will appear in BlueFire Reader.

For supported eReaders (Kobo) download the ebook to your computer. Connect your eReader and transfer the ebook using Adobe Digital Editions.

Last updated: Thursday, 18 July 2013