Online Services

Your eLibrary has changed 

Our free eLibrary has changed. We've moved our online library from RB Digital to Libby (from Overdrive), the brilliant one-tap reading app.

Libby is a simple to use app for your Phone, Tablet or Computer, and can give you access to a variety of library services, including eMagazines, eBooks, eAudiobooks and eComics. It is completely free and available to all our library members. 

You will need your library card number and PIN to access this service

Request your PIN

Don't worry, the thousands of free to access eBooks, eAudio, and eMagazines will be moving with us. Take a quick look at what you need to do.

Calling all Kindle Fire users

You'll notice that Amazon haven't made Libby available on their app store yet. Hopefully this will happen soon, but until then, you can use the classic Overdrive app.

With Libby you will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great material you love, but with some extra features such as highlighting, notes, custom reading list and enhanced search options. 

Libby will guide you through the simple set-up process, and we are here to help too!

Transition from RBdigital

If you currently have a book checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your title without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book. 

Holds will not be moved, but you may export your Transaction History from the RBdigital websites by accessing My Account > Profiles. You can place holds on those titles again in Libby.

Become a member of Sheffield Libraries

To access most library services including book borrowing, and online services such as the eLibrary, you need to be a member.  Membership is free and open to anyone who lives, works, or studies in Sheffield 

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Business and Intellectual Property Centre

Working alongside the British Library and other partners like Business Sheffield, we run the Sheffield Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) available to all members of the library.  
On your behalf, we provide a range of business databases, trade publications, business literature and guides to support your business information needs.  We also run a series of free business and innovator clinics, workshops and networking events.

Get started with the BIPC

Driving Theory Test Practice

Available free to Sheffield library members, Theory Test Pro is a realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory test.  It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.  Theory Test pro is licensed from the DVSA.

Get started with Theory Test Pro

Life in Great Britain – Could you pass the Citizenship Test?

How much you do you really know about the country we live in? Prepare for the British Citizenship Test with Life in Great Britain. The course material includes 'Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey into Citizenship', a study guide and practice tests.

Get started with the course

Online Reference Tools

We subscribe to a range of reference databases for you to access for research and homework.  These include online dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and scholarly journals.

Use the reference tools

Picture Sheffield

Over 100,000 images of Sheffield from the 16th century through to the 21st.  Hundreds of new images are added every month.  Key themes include football, Sheffield blitz and the Sheffield Fllod of 1864.

Search Picture Sheffield


Explore the history of Sheffield – from medieval manuscripts to the changing face of Sheffield in the 20th century. Sheffield Archives YouTube Channel

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Trace your Ancestor with FindMyPast

During this lockdown period we are giving free access to FindMyPast for Sheffield Libraries customers.  

Contact to request access.

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Keep up to date with the latest news and events from Sheffield Libraries as well as interesting stories and updates from our friends and partner organisations.

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