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How to access the Challenge through the libraries

The Challenge will launch in libraries in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Saturday 25 June and in libraries in England and Wales on Saturday 9 July. Children can also join in the fun online, here on the official Challenge website.

To take part at your local library you can drop into your library and let them know that you would like to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge. They will get you signed up for Gadgeteers, help you find books to borrow, and provide you with fun reading activities to get you started!

To receive a Gadgeteers collector poster and stickers, you will need to register for the Challenge at a participating library.

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 the authority. The library will make it really easy for you to get a card so that you can borrow books.

You don’t need a card to read books, meet friends, study or join in free activities in the library. You need a library card to take books, films and music out of the library. To get a library card you need to join the 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. Use the box at the top of this page to select your region and find library services near you. 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. 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. 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.

What is a library authority?

Your local library sits in a group, or authority, of several library services that are close to each other. The Library Zone search will find authorities in your region and will show you which ones are running Gadgeteers in their libraries.

You can then click through to the webpage for your local authority where you will find useful information such as your local library’s opening hours and instructions for borrowing books online and in person.

If the Challenge is not running in your local library, you can still take part in Gadgeteers online!

Register for a website profile and set your summer reading goal. Rate and review the books you read to unlock digital badges and rewards, including a Gadgeteers certificate when you reach your reading goal.

Community Libraries 

There are also lots of wonderful community libraries taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge. You can sign up at any of the libraries below to start your journey to become a Gadgeteer!


Northfields Community Library

Hanwell Community Library

Friern Barnet Community Library

Garden Suburb Community Library

West Ealing Community Managed Library  

South East

Little Chalfont Community Library  

Haddenham Community Library

South West

Burton Bradstock Community Library

Charmouth Community Library 

Chickerell Community Library 

Colehill Community Library 

Corfe Castle Community Library 

Puddletown Community Library 

Stalbridge Community Library 

Wool Community Library 

North West

Denton West End Community Library

Cockermouth Town Council   

East Midlands

Holbeach & Spilsby Libraries

Pinchbeck Community Library

Swineshead Community Library

Branston Community Library

Nettleham Community Hub

Welton Village Library and Community Hub

Deepings Community Library

Burgh le Marsh Library and Community Hub

Keelby Library Hub

Alford Focal Point Library

Ruskington Community Library

GLL Lincolnshire Community Libraries  

Buckby Library & Hub 

West Midlands

Audley Community Library

Barton Under Needwood Community

Baswich Community Library

Blythe Bridge Community Library

Brereton Library Community Library

Brewood Community Library

Cheadle Community Library

Cheslyn Hay Community Library

Clayton Community Library

Eccleshall Community Library

Glascote Community Library

Gnosall Community Library

Great Wyrley Community Library

Heath Hayes Community Library

Hednesford Community Library

Holmcroft Community Library

Kinver Community Library

Knutton Community Library

Loggerheads Community Library

Norton Canes Community Library

Penkridge Community Library

Rising Brook Community Library

Shenstone Community Library

Silverdale Community Library

Talke Community Library

Werrington Community Library

Wilencote Community Library 


Anlaby Park Community Library

Rawdon Community Library

East of England

Deepings Community Library