eBooks and eJournals

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Introducing Zinio eMagazines

Kensington and Chelsea Libraries Zinio eMagazine service lets you read full digital copies of your favourite magazines, for free, on your computer, smartphone or tablet. 36 different magazine titles are currently available, covering everything from The Economist to BBC Good Food and much more. Zinio is available at any time of the day or night. There is no limit to the number of magazines you can check out or how long you have them, and you can also adjust the magazine type size to suit your needs.

Already registered? Go straight to Zinio–Kensington and Chelsea Libraries

Want to register? To set up Zinio on your computer, follow the instructions for first time users.

Zinio for Libraries iPhone and Kindle Fire HD/HDX apps to download and read offline.
Install the Zinio for Libraries app from your app store to download and read offline using your Zinio for Libraries account credentials. Android and iPad Zinio for Libraries apps are already available.

Update - We have added four new great titles to our Zinio collection!

  • Empire
  • Grazia
  • The New Yorker
  • Vanity Fair

Check them out, along with our other great titles, today!

Full list of Zinio eMagazines available to download 25 Beautiful Homes; Auto Express; BBC Good Food; BBC History; BBC Music; Cosmopolitan UK; Digital Camera World; Digital SLR Photography; The Economist - UK ed.; Elle UK; Empire; Esquire UK; Good Housekeeping UK; Grazia; Harper's Bazaar UK; Health & Fitness; HELLO! magazine; Homes & Gardens; Instyle UK; Living Etc; Men's Fitness UK; New Scientist International Ed.; The New Yorker; Vanity Fair; Webuser; Woman's Own; Woman's Weekly

Borrow free ebooks and eAudiobooks from Kensington and Chelsea libraries

You can borrow ebooks free from Kensington and Chelsea libraries; all you need is your library card membership number and pin or password. You will be able to read the ebooks via a dedicated app on your computer, tablet, phone or ebook reader.

Our ebook service has changed. Cloud Library is now the sole ebook provider. If you have borrowed books via Overdrive, they will be automatically returned at the end of their loan period. 

Ebooks from Cloud Library

You will need a valid library card to use the service. You can browse, borrow and return ebooks via the 3M website in a browser but will need to use the Cloud Library app to download and read them.

  1. Download the app.
    Download the Cloud Library App from the Apple App Store, Google Play, NOOK Storefront or install the PC or Mac Cloud Library Apps.
  2. Log in to your library.
    Using the drop down menu, select your Country, region and then library.
    Click to agree to terms and log in. Enter your library ID and PIN (if required).
  3. Browse, check out and read.
    Now you are ready to browse, check out and read e-books from your local library.
    You can borrow up to four ebooks at a time, for 14 days. You can also reserve two more: when your holds become available, they will be kept for you for three days.
  4. Transfer ebooks.
    If you have an e-reader use the PC App to load the e-book through a USB connection (see the app support tab for detailed instructions).

Please note: you will not be able to download ebooks using a Kensington and Chelsea library computer or any Kindle product except for the Kindle Fire. (see Instructions for Cloud Library on Kindle Fire).


Access to Research

Access to Research gives public library users free access to a wide-range of published academic research through their local library terminal.

Some of the best known UK publishers have made the journal content of 8,400 academic and scientific journals (or over 1.5 million articles) available for free to public library users. Subjects span art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, medicine, politics, philosophy, film, religion, mathematics and the sciences. The content is ideal for students, researches and small businesses, amongst others.

This resource can only be accessed from the library.


Kensington and Chelsea libraries now offer you 24 hour access to our eJournal collection which includes sections on financial information, politics and ecology.