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Media resources


We now offer a bigger and better eBook and eAudiobook download service in partnership with Greater Manchester Libraries and BorrowBox.

To use this service you'll need to sign in to BorrowBox. It's free and there is a large collection of both eBooks and eAudiobooks for you to download.

To download the app simply open the app store on your device, search for BorrowBox and download

Once you’ve installed the app, search for Oldham Libraries in the ‘Library’ field, and log in using your library membership card number and 4-digit PIN

RBDigital: eMagazines & eComics

Read full digital copies of your favourite magazines, comics and graphic novels for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet. 

Nearly 100 magazines are currently available covering everything from lifestyle to food, and computers to family history. Titles include Good Housekeeping, BBC Good Food, Gardeners’ World, Who Do You Think You Are? And Computeractive.

Hundreds of comics and graphic novels are available, including Marvel blockbusters such as Spider Man, Avengers, and X-Men, and other top comics such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters

Borrow an unlimited number of publications to keep forever or delete when you want. 

Getting started: 

  • go to the RBdigital website
  • create a new account, and enter your library card number
  • browse the selection
  • checkout your chosen publications to read in your browser or on a range of mobile devices

You can register on your mobile device. Simply download the app, tap the “Register now” link and follow the instructions:

1. Choose your country

2. Choose Oldham Libraries

3. Enter your library card details, create a memorable username and password

Once registered, you will be automatically logged in and can get reading.

For more details on mobile registration, watch our video guide or view our user guide.

RBDigital publications can be read on a wide variety of desktop and mobile apps. The apps are designed for offline reading.

To access the publications through an app it must first be checked out while you are online through the website. You cannot check out new titles through the app alone.

There is more help on the RB Digital Gateway. 


Read over 6000 newspapers and magazines including over 100 UK and Irish newspapers and 300 magazines. Get free access in the library or access from anywhere with your library card. To create a free account click “log in” then select “Library or Group” on the left hand side, type in “Oldham” and enter your library card number.

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and FindMyPast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years.  You can access the database for free at any library in Oldham.

If you're not already a member you can join the library online.

Access to Research

The Access to Research service gives free, walk-in access to a wide range of academic articles and research in public libraries across the UK.  Use this link in any library in Oldham to access the full service.