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How to Access Books

We know that due to the Covid-19 crisis, finding books to read for your Summer Reading Challenge won’t be as easy as popping into the library. While library buildings are closed, libraries can still help you find books to read through their virtual services and e-lending platforms. Depending on your location, you may be able to visit your library in person.

Borrowing books from your library

Our friends at CILIP (check out the National Shelf Service on YouTube) have put together this quick guide to help you get started. You can join your local library remotely and access lots of wonderful e-resources, including books, audio books, comics and magazines.

  • Visit your local authority council website where you will find a link to the library service.
    If you’re in the UK, you can use the Libraries at home search here, or the search here to find your local library service.
    For services in Douglas, Isle of Man, visit the Henry Bloom Noble website and the Family Library website.
  • From the library service website, look out for the link to your library’s e-resources
  • Here you should find joining information to sign up to the library and access their e-lending services.
  • If you have any problems, you can contact your local library authority directly – they are still working remotely!

Websites and apps

You can also go directly to these e-book lenders and sign in with your library information

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. We 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 our award-winning app Libby.

RB Digital
Enjoy the Summer Reading Challenge with your local library and RBdigital. Check out your local library website for availability.

Supporting local bookshops

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.

You can order online, and collect your orders in your local shop, or have them delivered direct to your home, either way the shops still benefit from your purchase.

Re-read a book from home

You can also read books you already have at home and add them to your Summer Reading Challenge profile – the most important thing is that you are reading and having fun!

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