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How to Access Books

You can choose any books you like to count towards your Summer Reading Challenge or Winter Mini Challenge. Fact, fiction, poetry, graphic novels, joke books - the choice is yours! eBooks and audiobooks count too, so you can read wherever and however you like!

You can find heaps of brilliant books to read through your local library or bookshop - you can even order or borrow books online.

Borrowing books from your library

You can borrow books, eBooks and audiobooks to enjoy for free from your local library. Visit the Library Zone and use our handy search to find library services in your area. Choose your nearest service and follow the link to their website, where you can find out more about joining and visiting your local library. You'll also be able to find information on your library's e-lending services, so you can borrow books while you're at home. Check out CILIP's National Shelf Service on YouTube for more book fun.

Websites and apps

Libraries offer lots of books in digital formats. If you're a library member already, you can go directly to these e-book lenders and sign in with your library information. Visit your local library website to find out more about borrowing books online.


With the BorrowBox library app, you can browse, borrow and download amazing titles by your favourite authors from the comfort of your own home or when you're out and about. Get the app today from your App Store or Google Play and start enjoying incredible eBooks and eAudiobooks straight away via your local library.


OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. They deliver the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 70 countries. Users access OverDrive library services via the award-winning app Libby.

Supporting local bookshops is an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops. Choose your next book from the booklists on The Reading Agency's affiliate page to support us while shopping at no extra cost.


Hive is an ethical online retailer, selling Books, eBooks, DVDs, Music and Gifts. We love the high street, and most of all we love bookshops! We are proud to support an Independent bookshop in our network with a percentage of every single sale we make on the site. Order online, and collect your books in your local shop, or have them delivered direct to your home, either way the shops still benefit from your purchase.


LoveMyRead is a book subscription service that delivers future bestsellers straight to your door every month on the day of their release. LoveMyRead's curators select from hundreds of titles, delivering the very best in fiction, non-fiction, adult books and children's books, so subscribers never have to get lost in book reviews again. Subscribe to a child's box for titles handpicked by eminent children's authors Malorie Blackman and Frank Cotterell-Boyce. For every new annual subscription, LoveMyRead donates a brand-new book to a UK school in need.

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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.