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Search the Library Catalogue

You can look for items quickly and easily by searching the library catalogue. Items may then be reserved for collection at any East Renfrewshire Library.

To search for books, e-books, audiobooks, spoken word, films and more simply type your search term in the “Search library catalogue” box. For the full range of search options available, visit the Library Catalogue or go to the help page for help to build your search.


  You can renew your library books in several ways:

  • renew your loans online
  • visit or telephone your local library
  • use the library app on your mobile device. It’s currently available for Apple, Android and Blackberry devices. Once you have downloaded the app, click on the ‘My Account’ section and login using your library card number and PIN.

To renew online, you must create an online library account. Once this has been set up you can complete a number tasks including renewing your loans, checking your reservations and your current loans.

Have your library card handy as you need to enter your library card number and PIN to access your account. Your PIN number would have been issued to you when you first joined the library. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your PIN, you’ll be able to reset your PIN, just add your library card number and new PIN will be sent to your registered email address. If you would prefer to speak to a member of staff you can contact your local library and they’ll issue you with a new PIN.

You can renew each item up to four times – unless it’s reserved by another borrower.


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eBooks and eAudiobooks

With a wide range of eBooks and eAudiobooks available to enjoy 24/7, including bestsellers, children’s fiction, non-fiction and classics, there is sure to be something for everyone.


Research and Information

Do you need help with homework, study or research? Are you interested in family or local history? Find trusted and reliable information from a range of free digital resources in the library or at home. You can log in to most of these resources from home, 24/7, using your East Renfrewshire library card number. If you are not a member, find out how to join online.


Britannica Library

Britannica Library, one of the most trusted resources on the web, offers easy access to reliable information on most topics enriched by magazine articles, images and video clips. Pitched at three different levels this resource is ideal for homework and study.


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Expand your horizons, master new skills and gain valuable knowledge on hundreds of software applications. Hoonuit opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) subscribes to well over 100 electronic resources. From subject specific databases to vast academic journal and eBook platforms, this is a significant research resource, most of which you can access remotely. It is also free to use to registered NLS users with a Scottish address, and registration is free, easy, and online.
Portal to the Past

Every town or village in East Renfrewshire has its own unique history and the Portal to the Past website is the number one place to access it.  Packed with local history and old photographs, it’s the perfect way to gather information for that project, answer a tricky question or while away the hours reminiscing about times past.

Access to Research

Access to Research gives free, walk-in access to a wide range of academic articles and research in public libraries across the UK. Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. All content provided is digital and can be accessed from library computers or via the library WiFi service.


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