London Library offer e-book loans for first time

London Library offer e-book loans for first time

The London Library has started offering e-book loans to its members for the first time in a partnership with OverDrive.

Its collection includes fiction and non-fiction, as well as audiobooks, and is available to members alongside its million-strong physical book collection and online journals, newspapers and archives.

The library team have curated a selection of e-books, including those in high demand in the physical collection, plus a selection provided free by Duke Classics. It is also inviting suggestions from members regarding new e-books to acquire. 

Members can access the selection through the OverDrive website, or through the Libby app which brings together OverDrive content offered by a range of libraries.

The library, which has been open again to members since July and has increased its seating capacity, said the move showed it was increasing flexibility of access. A remote access membership has also been launched and an enhanced postal loans service is enabling members anywhere in the world to have up to 15 books posted to them free of charge.