How to: Borrow ebook from National Library Board

Singapore's National Library Board do not only offer phyiscal books to be borrowed by patrons. NLB also offer a selection of ebooks and audiobooks for memebers to loan out.

Do you want to borrow free ebooks or listen to free audiobooks that are readily available and consume the media right on your iPhone or your iPad? You can do this all right in your iPad or iPhone. Learn how to do it with my very first "How To"

First launch the App Store. Search for OverDrive.

Download the app and launch it.

Tap the top left icon.

Tap "Add a library"

Enter "Singapore" into the text field.

Select "National Library Board, Singapore

Tap the star to add it to your favourite. This is so that you don't have to repeat the first few steps every time you want to borrow a book. 

Tap on the text and it would bring you to National Library Board ebooks homepage. 

At the homepage, tap and enter the title of the book or subject you are looking for. 

It would bring up a page with your search results. Take note on the different icons at the corner of each book. The black book icon signify that it is an ebook while the black headphone icon indicate that it is an audio book. However if the icons are light grey that means the ebook or audio book has been borrowed by someone. 

Go ahead and tap the book that looks interesting to you.

If it is available just tap on the "Borrow" button.

Enter your information and check the "Remember my login information" for easy access in future. Once that's all done, tap the "Sign in" button. 

 Tap "Download EPUB" 

Tap the top left icon. 

Choose "Bookshelf"

Tap on the book and enjoy! However when you are done and to return the book. Check out the instructions below. 


Tap and hold on the book cover to bring up an additional menu. Tap on the "Return: icon. 

That would bring up a confirmation dialog box. Tap on the "Return" icon again to return it. 


On the other hand if the book isn't available. You would find a "Place a hold" button. Tap on that button. 

Enter your email address and the library would send you an email once the ebook or audio book is available for you to borrow. 


Finally, you made it to the end of my very first "How To". Enjoy reading your ebooks and listening to your audiobooks. 

Posted on January 25, 2014 and filed under How To.