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We have a varied and interesting collection of electronic resources. These include eBooks, eAudio books, digital magazines, digital comics, movies and more. All are completely free for you to use.

Almost all can be used from home or anywhere else that you can access the internet.
All you need is your library card number and PIN.
Your PIN is the last four digits of your phone number (if you have a Holdfast Bay library card).

EBooks & EAudio

RB Digital Ebooks and Audiobooks

Listen to digital audiobooks and read a great range of eBooks using your PC or mobile device.
This service includes access to the free RB Digital app for iOS & Android.
To access titles you will need to create a free personal account.

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This resource and over 1650 digital titles are made available from funds raised by the Friends of the Holdfast Bay Library Service.


Borrow a wide range of eBooks and eAudiobooks including fiction, non-fiction, children's and graphic novels. Overdrive is compatible with a wide range of devices including PCs, tablets, iPads and eBook readers.

This service includes access to free iOs, Android & Windows apps.

For help on getting started with Overdrive please see the Overdrive Help pages.

Overdrive Comparability Guide

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RB Digital Magazines

RB Digital Magazines are electronic editions of popular Australian and international magazines.
Hundreds of titles are currently available.
This service includes access to the free RB Digital app for iOS & Android.

To access RB Digital Magazines you will need to create a free personal account.

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Good Reading magazine

Good Reading Online is a fun, exciting and unique Australian magazine and website for helping book lovers, school and library staff, members and students find exactly what they like to read.

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Access the current Good Reading Digital Edition

SpineOut magazine

SpineOut is a place where you can express your ideas and thoughts and to share your creativity in words, art, film or music. A fun and interactive site.

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Contains thousands of digital graphic novels and comics from dozens of publishers available anytime, anywhere with internet connected devices.
Titles are classified according to audience: Kids (ages 5+), Middle Grade (ages 9+), Teens/Young Adults (ages 13+), Mature (ages 16+).

To access Comics Plus Library Edition select Holdfast Bay Library from the list and then login with your library card number and PIN.

Access includes apps iOS or Android for offline reading.
Login to the app using your library card number and PIN.

Please be advised that Comics Plus contains a varied range of material aimed at a wide audience including children, teens and adults. Some of the titles may be found offensive by some users.

Please read the classification of the comic before checking it out.

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E Newspapers

SA Messenger

Contains the full-colour, full-page format of all newspapers.
Includes access to some back issues.

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Access Coast City Weekly Messenger

IT Help & Online Training


lyndaLibrary is a user-friendly, self paced online training resource. It offers a variety of expertly presented training courses on a wide range of topics.

Personalise lynda by creating a profile.

Logon using your Library card number and PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number if you have a Holdfast library card.)

For a help guide on using lyndaLibrary please click here.

To view a training video on how to use lynda click here.

The Lynda app supports streaming to your TV using Chromecast or Apple TV.
Instructions for logging onto the Lynda app can be viewed here.

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The website of the popular Dummies books with help on a wide range of topics.


Be Connected

Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. There are online learning resources as well as a Network of community partners - the Be Connected Network - who offer in-person support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence. Find a local place for friendly help and advice or join the Network to help others.

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GCF Learn Free

For the past decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. Topics range from Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more. offers more than 90 tutorials, including more than 1,000 lessons, videos, and interactive online sessions, completely free.

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Microsoft Office

Free online training resources for Microsoft Office.

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The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency

The Clue Detective’s original range of puzzle games includes: crosswords, codewords, Sudoku and trivia quizzes and word find.
All puzzles can be played on your PC, iPad/tablet or you can download and print them.

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Books & Reading

Fantastic Fiction

Fantastic Fiction contains bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books. It includes descriptions of the books and biographies of the authors. It is a great resource for locating series. Throughout the site, just click on a book to see its cover picture, description and publication details.

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Goodreads is a free "social cataloguing" website that allows individuals to freely search Goodreads' extensive user-populated database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogues and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions and discussions.

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LibraryThing is a free online service to help people catalogue their books easily. You can access your catalogue from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. As everyone catalogues together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books and comes up with suggestions for what to read next.

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Transparent Languages Online (TLO)

Choose interactive language lessons from over 80 languages. Learn the vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation of languages including: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian and Spanish.
This service also includes access to free iOs & Android apps.
Full list of available languages.

To use TLO for the first time you will need to create a free account by clicking SignUp.

This resource is made available from funds raised by the Friends of the Holdfast Bay Library Service.

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Road to IELTS

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world's proven English language test. IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 21 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today.

Road to IELTS has recently been updated and is now also available on iPad and Android tablets. Click here to download the Road to IELTS app versions

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The National Library of Australia's Trove, allows you to find a wide range of information about resources collected by Australia's memory institutions, such as, images, newspapers, Library holdings, videos, maps, website and much more.

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Health and Wellbeing

My Health and Wellbeing

My Health and Wellbeing is a list of health related websites that have been reviewed by SA Public Library staff.

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SA Health

The website of the SA Government Department of Health which contains a wealth of information on health topics and resources.

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Child and Youth Health

The website of the Women's and Children's Health Network of SA which provides a wealth of news and practical health information for parent's, carers and young people.

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Family History

Ancestry Library Edition

Please Note: This resource can only be used in the Library, it can not be used from home or work.

Ancestry provides access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research.

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Find my past

Please Note: This resource can only be used in the Library, it can not be used from home or work.
Book a Library PC.

Complete a free online registration so that you can build a family tree and save your searches.

Find my past is a family history and genealogy website that offers access to a collection of over 35 million historical records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

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Genealogy SA

Genealogy SA is the leading resource for South Australian family history information.
It has an online database that allows the following resources to be searched:

  • Newspaper Birth Notices Index from 1960 onwards
  • Newspaper Death Notices Index from 1972 onwards
  • South Australia Cemeteries Index
  • Birth Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1928
  • Death Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1972
  • Marriage Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1937

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For Kids

Storybox Library

Enjoy storytime at any time.
Storybox Library contains a virtual reading room where Australian personalities including Missy Higgins, John Schumann, Cal Wilson, Kate Ritchie and Andy Griffiths read children's stories online.
The videos include accompanying home learning activities.

Logon using your Library card number and PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number if you have a Holdfast library card.)

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Overdrive Read-Alongs

Overdrive Read-Alongs are narrated eBooks that are read aloud in your browser using Overdrive Read.
After borrowing, select Read (In your browser) from your Checkouts page (under your Account) to open the eBook in your browser. Then select Start narration on any page to begin the audio from the top-left.

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PK Mag

A magazine for creative kids.

Students can experience the thrill of being published with PK. Submissions accepted from all subject areas including short stories, poems, art, craft, reviews, musical performances, science projects and more. With interviews of popular children’s authors, sporting heroes, and of course plenty of competitions, it’s a fun and funky place for all primary school kids.

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