Digital Services from the Library

Reading and Literacy

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Promoting and supporting a love of reading and encouraging imagination and discovery.

To support your reading experience at home, we have expanded our digital lending resources, created online digital readers groups, filmed storytime and rhyme time sessions and provided a wealth of links to trusted reading and literacy resources.

Visit our Digital Library

Download a wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines and access subscription only eResources such as Ancestry, Credo Reference, Oxford English Dictionary and Times Digital Archives. All included free with your library membership.

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Join our Digital Readers Groups

Watch online events to support Reading and Literacy

Visit our Digital Events page for details of online storytimes and rhyme time sessions for early years speech and language development as well as a range of on demand poetry performances and masterclasses.

Additional resources available online

Coronavirus: A book for Children



A book for Children - Nosy Crow have published a FREE e-book to support children’s understanding of Coronavirus, in partnership with children’s illustrator Axel Schaffer – download Nosy Crow




  • BookTrust - providing every local authority in England and Wales with free resources to support all families with pre-school children in reading together every day, and inspiring children to develop a love of books. They have launched BookTrust Home Time specifically to support families during the period of school closures.
  • Reading Agency – Working with public libraries to create a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life. We inspire people to read more, encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all our lives.

Need inspiration?

  • National Shelf Service - The National Shelf Service is a new daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. Launched by CILIP and the Youth Libraries Group the daily videos will broadcast Monday to Friday at 11.00am.
  • 100 Novels That Shaped Our World: Selected for the BBC by a line-up of panel of leading writers, curators and critics
  • Peters: 100 books recommended for parents of children of all ages

Inclusive reading and literacy support

  • Barrington Stoke: breaking down barriers to reading. Accessible dyslexia-friendly fiction
  • RNIB Talking Book Service: sign up for the Royal National Institute of Blind People's (RNIB) free Talking Book by Digital Download service
  • Literacy Wagoll: encouraging reading, writing and other literacy skills in the classroom and at home.
  • Phonics Play: Games to help with learning phonics
  • Premier League Reading Stars - available to every primary school in England and Wales, the scheme uses the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children aged 5-11 to learn, be active and develop important life skills (includes free lesson plans, activities and more).
  • Words for Life: The National Literacy Trust’s website for parents

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