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How to Access Books

You can find heaps of brilliant books to read through your local library or bookshop.

Don’t worry if yours aren’t open yet – you can still order or borrow books online.

Borrowing books from your library

Our friends at CILIP 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.
  • Look out for a 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

Check out CILIP’s National Shelf Service on YouTube for more book fun.

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. 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.

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

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.

Re-read a book from home

You can also read books you already have at home to count towards your Mini Challenge. Those cold winter nights are the perfect time to rediscover old favourites!

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