Ebooks and EMagazines from UK Libraries

Recently, I got an opportunity to live in a small village called “Leek” in Staffordshire Council, for few weeks.

It is very small, peaceful, but modern village. Walking around the streets itself will give great peace to the mind.

Library is the first place I like to explore on the places I do. To my wonder, this village has a great library filled with books in all genres, computers for public usage, various activities for toddlers, reading groups, IT training for adults etc.

Spent most of the times with the magazines and rare collections there.

one day, I shouted “Wow” on seeing this poster.

Announcement on Free Digital magazines in Staffordshire Council Library, UK

Announcement on Free Digital magazines in Staffordshire Council Library, UK


hehehe. Not about the girl on the poster.

How can a library lend digital books and magazines?

I asked the staff  and they wanted me to become a member of the library to avail this facility.

“Oh Sure.”  I said, as the membership is free.

Got membership card and PIN number to login to their site.



These are the links that provide great collection of digital books.

E-magazines are only in PDF format. But we can read them with a big tablet. The collections of magazine is great and they are adding more. We get very latest magazines in all genres.

Most of the Ebooks are in epup format and few in PDF. Both the ebooks and emagaines are DRM enabled. We have to use “Aldiko” app for ebooks and “Zino for libraries” for magazines.

The ebooks and emagazines can be lend for 21 days maximum. They disappear after the specific days.

Though I hate DRM, I like these facilities that Staffordshire library is giving for the public. It seems the department of libraries is paying for the publishers. The public get free, latest ebooks to read on their devices.

I explored libraries of NewCastle, Nottingham, Manchester. They have great libraries. but they dont provide ebooks services. Staffordshire libraries are very innovative on this. They provide membership only for people living in UK.

Thinking on when will we get such systems in India? What we have to do to for this?

Is it possible to get free ebooks in India, but authors and publishers are paid by dept of libraries?

Share your thoughts in comments.


Setup Little Free Libraries – Community driven libraries – in every street

Do you have books at you home?

Do you donate books to local library?

Do you sell your old books to old book shop?

Do you want to read books for free?

Does your govt library has only very old books?

Here is the concept of “Little Free Library”.

It is the community driven Library. Why should govt or private only run the libraries?

The concept is simple.

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

see this 2 min video about it – https://vimeo.com/72957294

As any one can take any book or give any book, every time you goto the Little Free Library, you will new set of books to explore.

There are more than 25,000 Little Free Libraries around the globe registered with the site http://littlefreelibrary.org and they are still growing,

Even we can set it in our streets and start sharing a local community of readers.

Please find the locations of the Little Free Libraries in Chennai.  For more details contact the steward listed under the library.  Timings are generally during the daylight hours.

Ganapathy Colony Main Road
Timing: Steward: Moina – 9884851759

CHETPET-Harrington Road
The Silk Route,
Bungalow 14, 2nd Avenue
Harrington road, Chetpet
LFL # 18182
Timing: 11am to 5pm (Mon to Saturday)
Steward: +91 98419-76796


EGMORE-Chesney Lane
Chesney Town House,
Ethiraj Sali, Egmore,
chennai, 600008
Library is located in front of the corner townhouse on the left.
Latest Books: http://www.bookcrossing.com/hunt/20/105/31068/759088
Steward: Shannon +91 98408-35304


EGMORE-Silkworm Boutique
No. 30, Khader Nawaz Khan Road,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Timings: 10:00am-8:30pm
Steward: Hichem Osman +91 44-2833.1991/90

176 Luz Church Road, Mylapore,
Chennai 600-004
Steward: Abhimanyu 044-65651361

Rutland Gate Studio,
5/11 Rutland Gate, 4th street,
Chennai 600006
Steward: Ishani 044-28330280

Source: https://www.facebook.com/notes/little-free-library-of-chennai/library-locations/1447623298846405?hc_location=ufi

There is an active facebook group, which can help you to set up our own little free library.


This is the one in Egmore:


Setup such a community driven library in your street and share the books.

sharing is caring !