The E-Library | Audiobooks, eBooks and Magazines


Listen to audiobooks, read eBooks and browse through magazines using the Libby app or on

What is the E-Library Rafbókasafnið?

The E-Library is a collaboration between the Consortium of Icelandic Libraries and Reykjavik City Library. The aim is to offer free access to a wide range of audiobooks, eBooks and magazines to the public.

Those who have a valid library card at the Reykjavik City Library or any other associated public library, can use the E-Library. See list of associated libraries here.

How do I access to the E-Library?

Phones and Tablets

  • The easiest way to use the E-Library is to use the Libby app on your phone or tablet. You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
  • The Barcode Number on your library card and the password for My pages (Mínar síður) is used to activate the access.
  • Further instructions below.


  • You can listen, read or browse from your computer on, but you can also install the Libby app on
  • The Barcode Number on your library card and the password for My pages (Mínar síður) is used to activate the access.
  • If you want to download books to your computer, you need to install Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Further instructions below.

Reading Tablets

  • You can not use the E-Library on Kindle and Storytel reading tablets.
  • To download books to other reading tablets, you need to create an Adobe ID access and download and install the Adobe Digital Editions program on a computer. The book is then downloaded to the computer, opened in Adobe Digital Editions and transferred to the reading tablet.

Barcode Number and Password

Have you forgotten the password or want to create a password?

How do I find my barcode number?

  • The card number is on your library card and usually starts with GE, A, B, IL or 400.
  • If you have a digital library card, you can check the card number on your phone.
  • You can also find it under My settings on My pages on the City Library website.


I want to buy or renew a library card

  • Sign in to My pages with electronic ID here on the City Library website and you will be directed to a payment page.
  • Those who have a free library card are advised to ask for help at their local library.

​​​How long can books be borrowed?

  • The loan period can be 7, 14 or 21 days and the material is automatically returned after the period has passed.
  • We encourage you to return your book as soon as you finish - so that the next person can enjoy it. If no one is waiting for the book, you can extend the loan.
  • There are no fines at the Electric Library.

How many books can you borrow at once?

  • You can borrow 21 books at a time and have 21 reserved books.
  • Do I need to connect to the Internet to read or listen or read?
  • You can download books and magazines from the Libby app for phones and tablets or the Adobe Digital Editions for computers and reading tablets.
  • An Internet connection is necessary to read and listen in a browser.

Can you use the E-Library without downloading apps or applications?

  • You can listen or read using a web browser on a computer, tablet or smartphone, so no need to download any other programs to do so.

If you have any questions or suggestions you can send an email to or contact the staff at your local library.