An eBook is an electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a computer or a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Hamilton City Libraries offer eBooks through two main platforms, BorrowBox and Wheelers, as well as a small selection through our reference databases.


Link to BorrowBox

4,000+ eBooks (and 1,400+ eAudiobooks) are available through BorrowBox.

Borrow up to 5 eBooks (and 5 eAudio titles) for 14 days.

Preview both formats before downloading.

No overdue fees.

Reserve items out on loan- $1 reservation fee per adult item.

View our brief user guide (PDF, 2.93MB).

PC / laptop / eReader users will need the Adobe Digital Editions software to read BorrowBox eBooks on your computer or to transfer them to your eReader device. Follow our step-by-step guide (PDF, 154KB) for accessing eBooks through your PC or laptop.

Smartphone / tablet users can download the BorrowBox Library app from the App Store, Google Play or for your Amazon Fire. Sign in using Hamilton City Libraries (typing 'Ham' will bring up our full name), your library card number (CXXXXXXXD) and PIN. 

Available for iOS, Android and Amazon

Wheelers ePlatform

Link to Wheelers ePlatform

Over 13,000 eBooks are available through Wheelers.

Borrow up to 10 eBooks for 14 days.

No overdue fees.

Reserve items out on loan - $1 reservation fee per adult item.

View the user guide or get more information about Wheelers apps.

Available for iOS, Android, and Windows devices.


The EBSCO research database provides unlimited access to a rich selection of non-fiction eBook titles.

Topics include biography, history, careers, cooking, literature, genealogy, health, parenting, personal finance, politics, architecture, science, current events, social-emotional health, sports, and travel.

Read eBooks in your web browser, as either PDF or EPUB.

You'll need your library card number and PIN to access the database, where all titles are available to read at anytime. You won't be loaning the items so there are no holds, hold fees, or overdue fees!

You can also create an EBSCOhost account to save your favourite titles or make notes on an eBook.

View a brief tutorial or the eBook help guideNote EBSCOhost is primarily used for research, and the user interface reflects this. While the eBooks can only be viewed in full online, users can choose up to 100 pages to print or download for reference.

Other sources of eBooks

  • Project Gutenberg is a fantastic place to find classic literature, with over 50,000 titles available.

  • Early New Zealand Books aims to provide a complete online corpus of books about New Zealand published in the first two-thirds of the nineteenth century.

  • The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection provides open access to significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials.

  • Feedbooks is a massive collection of downloadable eBooks, many of which are free.

  • ManyBooks is a nifty little site that’s been around for over a decade. Its purpose is to curate and provide a library of free and discounted fiction ebooks for people to download and enjoy.

  • Hamilton City Libraries subscribe to a site for children’s eBooks called Tumblebooks.