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This website hosts the annual Summer Reading Challenge and Winter Mini Challenge. To find out more about this year's Challenge and how to sign up, or to find information about using this website at home, please visit our Help page.

Here in the Home Zone you will find the latest opportunities available for families, reading tips to encourage even reluctant readers to develop a love of stories, and free resources.

For helpful links and information for families with pre-school children, visit our Pre-School Zone.

Arts Award Discover at Home

If you want to celebrate reading and creativity, Arts Award have a free resource pack to support families to learn, read and be creative together. Discover at Home is a special version of Arts Award Discover, the first level of Arts Award. Find out more and download your pack here.

Young people and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Do you know any young people looking to complete the volunteering section of the DofE Award?

Young people aged 14+ can volunteer at a library to support the delivery of the Summer Reading Challenge - and this can count towards the volunteering section of the DofE Award! Find out more.

If you know any young people who would like to volunteer, you can encourage them to contact their local library to ask about volunteering opportunities.

(Please note that volunteering opportunities and dates may vary depending on your local library authority.)

Stay up-to-date

Like our page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest Challenge news and to access special offers and competitions from our publisher partners. You can also join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on the latest news and offers from The Reading Agency.

Have a question about using this website?

Visit our Help page if you have a question about using this website.

About The Reading Agency

The Summer Reading Challenge is developed by The Reading Agency, delivered in partnership with public libraries, and funded by Arts Council England.

The Reading Agency is a UK charity with a mission to empower people of all ages to read. Visit our website to find out more about our work, and join our mailing list to stay up-to-date with all our latest news and offers.

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How to sign up to your local library

Joining your library service is free, and once you are a library member you are welcome to use any library in your local authority. You don’t need a card to read books, meet friends, study or join in free activities in the library.

You do need a library card to take books, films and music out of the library. To get a card, you need to join the library:

  • You can join the library in person. Just pop in to your nearest library.
  • If you join online, you will get your card when you first visit a library. The exact process for joining online depends on your local library.
  • If you already have a library card, you don’t need to sign up again – just visit your local library’s website and check out the free resources they have available. The same library card you use to borrow books in person will give you online access.

Finding your nearest library

  • Your local library sits in a group, or authority, of several library services that are close to each other.
  • Use the box at the top of this page to select your region and find library services near you which are running the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • The ‘Visit website’ button will take you to your local library authority’s website where you will find information on signing up for a library card, your library’s opening hours, and instructions for borrowing books.
  • You might see an “Apply Online” button, an email address, or other instructions. Even if your local library is closed, you may be able to sign up for a library card online.

Information for adults


Visit our School Zone to access free resources and Challenge ideas for your class.


Visit our Home Zone, full of useful Challenge information for parents, grandparents and carers. For information about supporting reading in the early years visit our Pre-School Zone.


Visit our Library Zone to find libraries near you running the challenge, and how to take part.