New service gives library users access to free e-audiobooks

Published: Friday, 14th February 2020

Stoke-on-Trent’s libraries are launching a new service which will allow customers to borrow free e-audiobooks online 24 hours a day.

Library users will be able to access BorrowBox seven days a week from their mobile phones, tablets and laptops from Wednesday, February 19.

The service provides access to a wide range of stories from bestselling authors including Lee Child, James Patterson, Roald Dahl and David Walliams.

To celebrate the launch of the new service, free family activities - including photo, craft and story time sessions - are being held at Stoke Library from 10am to 2pm on February 19. The event is open to all and library staff will be on hand to show visitors how to use BorrowBox.

Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “Borrowbox is a fantastic, modern addition to the huge range of services that are available from our libraries. The system is really easy to use and gives customers the flexibility to borrow e-audiobooks when they want to. 

“We’d love to see lots of people visit the launch event on Wednesday. Come along and join in the free activities, we’ve got something for everyone to enjoy and you can also learn more about this fantastic new service.”

To use Borrowbox, customers will need a library card – available for free from any library in the city.

The service can then be accessed online and with Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Customers download e-audiobooks directly, or from the free BorrowBox app - available to install from the App Store and Google Play.

Borrow Box

It complements the libraries’ existing services which give customers free access to e-books, e-audiobooks and popular e-magazines.

To find out more about any of these services, or visit your local library.

Libraries online

For all media enquiries please contact Andrew McCreaddie in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 233653.