Borrowing e-books from the library

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Brisbane City Council library members can access digital content via the online library catalogue, eLibCat. Members must use their library membership barcode number (on the back of your library card) and PIN number. Learn how to join Council’s library service.

You can use Council's online library catalogue (eLibCat) to find:

  • e-books (download or read online)
  • audiobooks (download or listen online)
  • digital magazines (download or browse online)
  • music (download or stream)
  • digital films (download or stream).

Most devices can access Brisbane libraries’ digital content. Follow the links on the e-books and downloads page to access different formats.

You can learn how to use library e-books and get other tips to get the most from the digital library collection by participating in a Tech Connect class. These sessions are free and offered at all Council libraries.  

You can check the FAQ and help files online or email the library your questions.


If you can’t find the title you are looking for, email and include:

  • the details of the book
  • your library membership barcode number
  • the title
  • author
  • publication date
  • format you would like.

All suggestions are considered according to availability, budget and our Collection development statement.

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Last updated: 9 October 2020