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Borrowing books from Idea Stores

Idea Store BowIdea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel are now open for limited browsing.

You can also pick up preselected lucky dip bags.

You can borrow up to 12 books for three weeks. A book can be renewed up to five times if no-one else has reserved it.

You can order books in advance using our Click and Collect service. Choose a book on our online catalogue and we'll email to let you know when it’s ready to collect. 



Read eBooks for free with Idea Store membership on OverDrive.
Click on the logo or download the apps

overdrive logo  

download overdrive on the app store  download overdrive on google play store




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Different publishers put their audiobooks on different sites.You have access to all of them with Idea Store.
Click the logos and sign in:
(with RB Digital you will need to set up an account)

or download the apps

RB digital logo

download rb digital on app store  download rb digital on google play store


borrowbox logo

download borrowbox on app store  download borrowbox on google play store


overdrive logo

download overdrive on app store  download overdrive on google play store


ulverscroft logo

download ulverscroft on app store  download ulverscroft on google play store


eBook and Audiobook FAQs

How do I become an Idea Store member?
Fill out our membership form then you’re ready to go!

How many eBooks and audiobooks can I download at a time?
Overdrive lets you take up to 5 eBooks or audiobooks at a time. RBdigital lets you take up to 10 audiobooks at a time, and Borrow Box lets you take up to 4 audiobooks at a time.

I’ve borrowed an eBook/audiobook. How long can I keep it for?
Downloads are available for 7, 14 or 21 days.

The eBook/audiobook I wanted isn’t listed on any of the sites. Why?
Unfortunately some publishers don’t want their eBooks or audiobooks available to library users (boo, hiss), but there are thousands of available audiobooks, if you have a browse we’re sure you’ll find something good to listen to.

I’ve found the eBook/audiobook I want, why can’t I borrow it now?
The eBook or audiobook you want has already been borrowed by someone else. Don’t worry though, you can reserve it, or place a hold, and when it becomes available you’ll be able to check it out.

Don’t see the answer to your question here?
Check out the OverDrive page for eBook and audiobook help, the Borrowbox video for audiobook help, and the  RBDigital and Ulverscroft pages for audiobook help, or send us an email to


Reference books

Idea Store reference books available online include:
Britannica Library

Britannica online

and reference books from Oxford University Press

When you log in, you need to add an additional 'TH' before your Idea Store card number

Oxford english dictionary
oxford dictionaries
oxford dictionary of national biography
oxford music online
oxford art online
oxford reference