The Library is lending Kobo Touch eReaders! This pilot collection was made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. All Kobo eReaders come with a selection of current and popular fiction and nonfiction books purchased by the library. Borrowers may also download other titles from the Library’s collection of ebooks. Additional support for library ebooks has been provided by a Local Initiatives Grant from the Islandlink Federation.

Current Titles


  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Cutting for stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Full Black by Brad Thor
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt


  • The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddharta Mukherjee
  • The Happiness Project, Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
  • The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City by David Lebovitz
  • Unbroken: A World War II story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

On the Wireless Kobo and Original Kobo:

  • At home : a short history of private life by Bill Bryson
  • Changing my mind by Margaret Trudeau
  • Every day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes
  • Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
  • Life by Keith Richards
  • Oogy : the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin
  • The tiger : a true story of vengeance and survival by John Vaillant

Borrowing Information

  • 1 Kobo eReader per customer with a valid adult library card
  • The loan period is 14 days if there are holds, 21 days if there are no holds
  • $1.50 per day fine for overdues
  • $167.00 will be assessed for lost or damaged ereaders (all contents of each ereader kit must be returned together). Separate recovery costs for loss or damage to the usb power cord will be $15.00, and for loss or damage to the leather Kobo case, $34.00.  Charges will also be applied for damage to processing.

Please note: Kobo eReaders can only be checked out and returned via the Cards/Accounts Desk during open hours. To prevent damage DO NOT return ereaders through the library return slot.

Additional Information

Why we chose the Kobo…
Unlike some other devices, the Kobo eReader is able to display the ebooks the library purchases for each ereader and also allows you to access titles from the Library collection of downloadable ebooks. Its simplicity, ease of use, and low price makes it a great choice to use as an introduction to ereaders.

How to find/search for the Kobo eReader in the catalogue…
To search for the Kobo, go to our catalogue enter the word “Kobo” in the search box and click search. Select the title that says “Kobo eReader”, “Kobo eReader wireless” or “Kobo eReader touch” from the list that is retrieved.

Find out how the Kobo eReader works…
The ereaders come with an instruction sheet, or you can refer to the online user guide available below under our LINKS section. To start reading, press/slide the button along the top, once. The reader opens to a page that begins to list all current titles, or at the last spot you were reading. Use the navigation pad/touch screen to find different titles or authors.

Transferring books from your own Kobo account to your borrowed Kobo eReader…
You can transfer books from your own Kobo account, if you have one.  HOWEVER, if you download your own titles to the ereader, the current titles purchased and provided by the Library will be erased during that process, in which case you will not have access to them.

Transferring downloadable books from the library’s online ebook collection, or other sources, to your borrowed Kobo ereader…
We hope you will consider this! You can borrow library ebooks for download and transfer. HOWEVER, if you download any ebooks, the current titles purchased and provided by the Library may be erased during that process, in which case you will not have access to them. In order to transfer downloaded ebooks to your Kobo, you require:

Check out the tutorials listed in the LINKS session below to learn more about using the Library’s ebook collection!


Greater Victoria Public Library’s eBooks & More page

Greater Victoria Public Library’s Online Tutorials: Downloading an ebook to your Kobo: Part 1 and Downloading an ebook to your Kobo: Part 2 

Kobo eReader homepage & user guide