Navigating your digital library

Through Engage you get instant access to thousands of free ebook titles from classic fiction, Shakespeare plays and poetry to biographies, as well as past exam papers (for matric) and study guides.

When logged in to Engage, you will find the 'Library' section on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Here are the crib notes for navigating your digital library – from browsing to borrowing – so that you can become the bookworm you're destined to be.

Searching for titles

In the Library, you can search for various titles using the search bar at the top of your screen. To refine your search, or to find more search options, click 'Advanced'. Once you've typed in your search details, click 'Search' or hit 'Enter' on your keyboard.

My Books

Under the ‘My Books’ section in Engage, you’ll be able to see the books that you have currently checked out. You can return books by clicking the ‘Return’ button under the book you want to return, and see when your books are due to auto-return. Here, you will also see the books on your ‘Wait List’ (see below for more information).

My Wait List

The 'My Wait List' section lists the books that you are waiting for because someone else is currently reading them. When the book is returned, it will automatically be assigned to your account if you are the next user on the book’s ‘Wait List’.


The ‘Favourites’ section of Engage makes it easier for you to browse your digital library. This section is curated by administrators to recommend books, such as popular leisure reads or important educational titles that are not on the prescribed reading lists.


Listed below 'Favourites' you will find the 'Recommended' section of your school library. This section is an automatically curated list of favourite ebooks that come from all Engage user accounts. In effect, these are the world's favourite books, according to Engage users.


The Snapplify curated collections allow you to browse through pre-populated lists of ebooks, based on popular authors, series, themes and interests. Here, you'll find great ebooks to read: whether you're looking for story books for young readers, to learn all about Egypt, to brush up on great painters, or to delve into a teen romance novel – we’ve got something for everyone.


The ‘Categories’ section gives you another way to find books related to what you are interested in, or what you are studying. Under ‘History’, you will find past exam papers and other historical reads; while those who enjoy love stories will find their next fix under ‘Romance,’ and Star Wars fans will find other sci-fi worlds to get lost in under ‘Science Fiction & Fantasy'.