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Your Tauranga City library membership provides you with free access to BorrowBox with best-selling authors for adults, young adults and children

Our BorrowBox collection has thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks, and a selection of magazines from around the world. Enjoy reading on your smartphone, tablet, e-reader or computer.


  • You can borrow up to four e-books and four e-audiobooks at a time. 
  • You can also borrow up to 10 current issue magazines and unlimited back issues. 
  • Each loan will last two weeks, with the item automatically returning itself at the end of that time. 
  • If the e-book or e-audiobook you want to read is on loan to someone else, you can place a reserve. BorrowBox will send you an email to let you know when it is available for you to download.

The BorrowBox app remembers the items you borrowed when you were signed in using your library card. If you change your library card, open the app, go to the account details screen and touch reset. You can then sign in with your new card details. If it’s important to you to retain your previous history, contact us and tell us your name, old library card number and your new library card number. We will arrange to have your accounts connected so you can see your complete borrowing history.

Please note that the Kindle e-reader from Amazon is not compatible with our BorrowBox collection.

Below are some basic steps to get you started. For more help using BorrowBox, please phone (07) 577-7177 to make an appointment with one of our Digital Programmes Specialists.

Using BorrowBox on your tablet or Smartphone

  1.  Download the BorrowBox app from the App Store or Google Play
  2.  Go to the Please select your library option and start typing Tauranga– choose the option Tauranga City Libraries from the list of library options.
  3.  In the Library ID/barcode field enter your library card number.
  4.  In the PIN/password field enter your PIN or password.
  5. Click on the Sign in button.
  6. When you submit all of this information you will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions. Once you have clicked on agree you will be taken through to the app where you can browse, borrow, download, and reserve e-books and e-audiobooks.
  7.  Browse the e-book catalogue to locate your choice of title.
  8.  Select an e-book by choosing Borrow, then Confirm loan. A loan confirmation will be sent to your email address.
  9. You can then choose to download the entire e-book to your device for reading.

Using BorrowBox on your computer or e-reader

To read an e-book on your computer or to transfer it to your e-reader device you will need an Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer.
Instructions on creating an Adobe ID  
Adobe Digital Editions allows you to access your eBooks via full screen mode and can be used with various screen readers. You can also transfer downloaded titles to e-book readers. 

Please note that the Kindle e-reader from Amazon is not compatible with our BorrowBox collection.

  1. On first launch of Adobe Digital Editions click on Help > Authorise Computer. On the following screen choose Adobe ID from the dropdown menu and enter your Adobe ID and password. You are now ready to select eBooks from the BorrowBox catalogue.
  2. Sign in to BorrowBox using your Te Ao Mārama - Tauranga City Libraries card number and your PIN/password.
  3. Browse the e-book catalogue to locate your choice of title. 
  4. Select an e-book by choosing Borrow, then Confirm loan. A loan confirmation will be sent to your email address. 
  5. Then choose Download to get the e-book to your PC. 
  6. Add your e-book to Adobe Digital Editions Option 1: A pop-up dialogue box will ask whether you would like to ‘open, run or save’. Make sure you select ‘open with’ and choose Adobe Digital Editions. Adobe Digital Editions will then import the e-book file and you can find it in the ‘borrowed’ section on the left side.
  7.  Add your e-book to Adobe Digital Editions Option 2: In Adobe Digital Editions, go to File and select Add to library. In the downloads folder of your computer, make sure you select Adobe Content Server Message from the dropdown menu next to the file name. Your e-book file should be there with the title ‘URLLink’. Select open to move it across.
  8. To transfer an e-book to an e-reader device, attach your e-reader device to your computer. It should appear in Adobe Digital Editions in the list on the left side. You may need to select the settings cog icon and choose Authorise e-reader. Now you can drag the e-book and drop it onto the device.   

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