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 platforms, BorrowBox and Wheelers.



  • 900 eBooks (and 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 (a reservation charge of $1 will be added to your library card)
  •  View our brief user guide (PDF, 1.55MB)

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.

App Store


Wheelers ePlatform

  • Over 10,000 eBooks are available through Wheelers
  • Borrow up to 5 eBooks for 14 days
  • No overdue fees
  • Reserve items out on loan (a reservation charge of $1 will be added to your library card)
  • View a brief user guide or get more information about Wheelers apps
  • Download the Wheelers app from the App Store, Google Play or for your Windows device.

    App Store

    Other sources of eBooks

    • Project Gutenberg is a fantastic place to find classic literature, with over 50,000 titles available
    • The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre provides open access to significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials
    • BookZZ currently plays host to over 2.7 million eBooks
    • 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

    If you’re thinking about buying an eBook reader, there are many features to consider. We have a factsheet available to help you with this decision.

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