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Books from Libraries

There are a great many titles readily available for loan as audio books and Large Print through your local library service and many libraries now let you borrow eBooks and digital audiobooks via the OverDrive service. The OverDrive books are EPUB format which you can read on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, smart phones etc. On a computer you read the books with Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). ADE is becoming more accessible in that with the latest version 2.0, the text can now be read using a few text-to-speech tools, and the font size can be increased to about 24 point, but there is only one font and limited colour options. Visit the Quick Guides page to download a guide on ADE. For iOS, Android and eBook readers or smart phones, you read ebooks and listen to audiobooks using the OverDrive Media Console app.

Most local authority library services have online catalogue where you can search the entire stock of books held across the authority. The online catalogues usually let you search for different formats, including audio books, Large Print, Braille and eBooks.

When you search for a book, we suggest you use the Advanced Search options and type the name of the author or the title that you are looking for, then limit the search for the type of format you want, such as "Audio Book", or "Book – Large Print". If you just search for the title, you’ll get all the copies that are held – paperback, hardback, DVD etc as well as the format you want.

We created the table below via an internet search. A tick indicates that the library online catalogue offers that particular format of book. Please let us know if any of the links or details are incorrect.

As well as searching online, remember you can also phone the library service and ask the librarian if they have the book you want in the format you need.

Local Authority Online Catalogue Audio Cassette or CD Audio Book Download Large Print Braille eBooks
Aberdeen City

Aberdeen City Council Library and Information Services Catalogue 

Aberdeen eBooks

yes yes yes   yes

Aberdeenshire Libraries and Information Service Catalogue 

Aberdeenshire eBooks

yes yes yes yes yes

Angus Libraries OnLine Catalogue 

yes   yes    
Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Libraries 

Argyll and Bute eBooks

yes   yes   yes

Clackmannanshire Library Service 

Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway Library Catalogue 

Dumfries & Galloway eBooks

yes       yes

Dundee City Library Catalogue 

Dundee eBooks

yes yes yes   yes
East Ayrshire

East Ayrshire Council Information Archives 

yes   yes    
East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Library Catalogue 

yes yes yes    
East Lothian

East Lothian Virtual Information Service 

yes yes yes    
East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire Council Cultural Services 

East Renfrewshire eBooks

yes yes yes   yes
Edinburgh City

Edinburgh City Libraries Online Catalogue 

Edinburgh eBooks

yes yes yes   yes 

Falkirk Council Virtual Library 

Falkirk eBooks

yes yes yes   yes

Fife Council Libraries' online catalogue 

Fife eBooks

yes   yes yes  yes
Glasgow City

Glasgow Libraries 

Glasgow eBooks

yes yes yes   yes

Highland Libraries catalogue 

Highland eBooks

yes yes yes yes yes

Inverclyde Libraries 

Inverclyde eBooks

yes yes yes   yes

Midlothian Library Catalogue 

Midlothian eBooks and audio books

yes yes yes   yes

Moray Council Libraries Catalogue 

Moray Council eBooks

yes       yes
North Ayrshire

North Ayrshire Library and Information Service 

North Ayrshire eBooks

yes yes yes   yes
North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire Libraries 

North Lanarkshire ebooks

yes       yes

Orkney Library and Archive 

Orkney Digital Library

yes yes yes yes yes
Perth and Kinross

Perth and Kinross Library Catalogue 

Perth and Kinross eBooks

yes yes yes yes yes
Renfrewshire Renfrewshire Council Library Catalogue  yes        
Scottish Borders Scottish Borders Council Library & Information Services Visual Catalogue  yes yes yes    

Shetland Library catalogue 

Shetland eBooks

yes   yes   yes
South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Libraries' Online Catalogue 

South Ayrshire eBooks

yes yes yes   yes
South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire Library Catalogue 

South Lanarkshire eBooks

yes yes yes   yes

Stirling Council Library 

Stirling eBooks

yes yes yes   yes
West Dunbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire Libraries

West Dunbartonshire eBooks

yes       yes
West Lothian

West Lothian Library Catalogue 

West Lothian eBooks

yes   yes   yes
Western Isles (Eilean Siar)

Western Isles Libraries (Leabharlainn nan Eilean Siar) 

Western Isles eBooks