Access eServices during Coronavirus

Online services during Coronavirus


You can join the library online and get eBooks, audiobooks, online magazines and newspapers for free straight away, or even take language and other courses. Here's how! 

Join online 

  • To join the library online, fill out this form with your name, address, email and some other details. 
  • Click, 'Submit' and you'll be taken to a new page that gives you a 'Temporary' library barcode. 
  • This will be your library number and you need it to access online services so save it somewhere or write it down and keep it safe. 
  • This page will also instruct you to 'set a PIN' and will give you a link to do that. 
  • Once you've set your PIN and you have your library number, you're all ready to access all the online services.  

If you are having trouble joining, you can contact your library by phone or email or you may find this FAQ on joining helpful 

We've included short guides to getting and using these services below. These user guides and tutorials are also listed here.

How to use Borrowbox for eBooks and Audiobooks

You can download the Borrowbox app or find your library here to get directed to the web version. 

Then you just: 

  • choose your library from the dropdown menu;
  • enter your library number where it asks for your ID/Barcode; and,
  • enter your PIN where it asks for PIN/Password.

That's it, you're signed in and ready to browse and read!  

You can read more in the BorrowBox User Guide

For any support queries, please contact

How to use RB Digital for online magazines 

You can use the RBDigital app or visit online at

You will have to register for a free account, with your library number. To do this: 

  • Click ‘register’ 
  • Select your country and then select your library service (some library services have their own accounts with RB Digital so you may have two options - for magazines and Transparent Languages, you need to choose the option that has ‘LGMA’ above it)
  • Enter your library card number
  • Create a username 
  • Enter a password

That's it, you're all set up! 

You can read more at the following links:

You can watch a video tutorial about how to use RB Digital to read e-magazines here.
Although this tutorial also includes information on accessing the Comics service, we are not subscribed to the Comics service.

For any support queries please email

How to use PressReader for online newspapers

You can access PressReader at or by downloading the PressReader app for apple or android devices.  

You will need to log in with your library number, here's how

  • Press ‘sign in’ 
  • Select the ‘Library and groups’ option
  • A list of libraries will then open from which you can choose your library. Simply start typing your county or local authority areas and you should find it easily. Look out for the Libraries Ireland logo. 
  • You will then be asked to enter your library card number. 

That’s it – you’re now logged in and ready to read! 

Your login grants you 30 days access initially. When this 30 days has expired a new period can be started simply by logging out and back in using the same method. 

You can read more at the following links:

You can watch a video tutorial about how to use the PressReader app here.

For any support queries, please email

How to use Transparent Languages for language learning

Transparent Languages can be accessed through RB Digital - see above to find out how to do that.  

Once you're logged in to RB Digital, you'll see a link to Transparent Languages. Click that and you'll be taken to the service.

Read more in the Transparent Languages User Guide.

You can watch a video tutorial about how to use Transparent Language Online here.

For any support queries please email

How to use Universal Class for online courses

You can register for Universal Class at

Enter your library card number in the field and click the Go button.

Complete the required fields on the registration page:

First Name; Last Name; Email address; Password and Age Check, (Over or under 16 years).

Click on the Continue button

You will then be shown the home screen for your Universal Class account and can start learning. 

You can watch a video tutorial about how to access Universal Class online courses here.

For any support queries, please email