eBooks, eJournals and eMagazines

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Zinio eMagazines

50% more e-magazines! 
Customers can now access many more e-magazines - take a look at our increased collections.
Please note: Existing Zinio users will need to re-register on the new site. You can use the same email and password you use on your old account. Go to 'Create New Account' in the top right corner of the new site to register. Once you have done this, if you already have the Zinio for Libraries app on your device, you will simply need to sign out then sign back in again with your new account and if asked, choose “Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea, Westminster” from the library drop down list. Please complete this registration by 31 March.

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. 48 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

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

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; BBC Top Gear; BBC Wildlife; Computer Shopper; Country Living UK; Countryfile Magazine; Cycling Weekly; Digital Camera World; Digital SLR Photography; Economist - UK edition; Elle UK; Empire; Esquire UK; Gardeners' World; GQ (British); Good Housekeeping UK; Grazia; Harper's Bazaar UK; Health & Fitness; HELLO! magazine; Homes & Gardens; Ideal Home; iPad & iPhone User; Living Etc; Lonely Planet Traveller; Marie Claire - UK; Men's Fitness UK; Men's Health UK; Mother & Baby; National Geographic Interactive; New Scientist International Edition; New Yorker; Newsweek Europe; PC Pro; Red UK; Tatler - UK; Total Film; Vanity Fair - UK; Vogue UK; Webuser; WIRED UK; Woman's Own; Woman's Weekly; Women's Health UK

Borrow free ebooks and eAudiobooks from Kensington and Chelsea libraries

Ebooks from Cloud Library

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. 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).

Online audiobooks

You can borrow audiobooks in a range of formats, including downloading them for free. In the online collection there are over 600 best-selling titles including great self-help books and novels for children and teenagers.

How to access online audiobooks

You need a computer with broadband to download your chosen audiobooks. You can then play them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player or smartphone.

To get started you will need to sign up to the service:

  • go to OneClick Digital
  • click on 'Register' (top right hand corner)
  • complete the online form using your library card number 
  • choose the audiobooks you want to download, and follow the instructions 

When you set up an account, the information you provide is only used to identify you at log in and we do not share this information.

You can get more detailed information on how to download, renew or return audiobooks on the OneClick Digital help page.

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.