Blackwater Regional Library


Blackwater Regional Library has several options for free e-Books/e-Audiobooks and digital magazines. All free with your BRL library card and library pin! (NB: Pin number is four-digit birth year (YYYY))

Having problems? Please use the eBook Support Form, and someone will get back with you as soon as possible.

OVERDRIVE is provided to BRL patrons through Southern Virginia Libraries United Electronically (SOVALUe), a multi-library system consortium which provides more of the content you want when you want it! You will be able to download and read eBooks for free on your PC, Mac computer, tablet, or your dedicated eBook reading device (including Nook, Kindle, and many others). Depending on the title you will also be able to download and listen to audiobooks on your computer or on your portable music device. View the get started guide for Overdrive Overdrive & Libby.

On October 30, 2020, OverDrive made necessary security upgrades to protect the privacy of user data. Those updates meant certain devices with older operating systems lost access to the OverDrive app and OverDrive websites; please click here for more information and or to learn how to update your operating system.

December 2, 2020 – RB Digital eBooks and eAudio integrated with Overdrive/Libby; click here to access RB Digital materials.


RB Digital Magazines allows you to enjoy unlimited access to popular magazines, right on your computer or mobile device! These magazines are simultaneous use (meaning you don’t have to wait for someone else to return it!).

  • Lending period is 21 days and titles are automatically returned unless renewed.
  • Magazine check outs do not count towards Overdrive’s monthly check out limits.

February 2021 – RB Digital Magazines have transitioned to Overdrive.  Please click here for access. Content will continue to be available through RB Digital through March 31, 2021 to allow patrons time to acclimate to the new Overdrive platform.  


FREADING offers tens of thousands of eBooks, available anytime, anywhere. There is no download manager and users have simultaneous access to all titles – no wait lists. (Please note: Freading is not compatible with any Kindle except for the Kindle Fire). View the get started guide for Freading.


Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere. View the get started guide for Hoopla.




  • Our purpose is to
    provide online and print resources,
    access to innovative technologies 
    and a skilled staff to patrons
    in our service area.

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  • Blackwater Regional Library
    serves the communities of:
    Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry
    and Sussex Counties 
    and the City of Franklin

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