Libraries from home

#LibrariesFromHome brought to you by Libraries Connected

Here at Libraries Connected, we are showcasing the best digital services from public libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

On this page you can find some of the excellent rhyme times, story times and other activities that keep children engaged and support early literacy and creative thinking. We want to help families to choose live and recorded events not just from their own library service but anywhere in the country.

We're also promoting activities to keep adults connected through library reading groups and book discussion groups.

Digital library resources can be accessed through most library websites. From audio and e-books, newspapers and magazines to encyclopaedias, music collections and free online courses: your library can support you.

If you aren’t already a member, you can join most libraries online. Just head over to your local library to find out what they offer.

Find your local library service here:

Library events and activities

Stephen Lawrence Day

On behalf of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, we are sharing a reading list curated for libraries for Stephen Lawrence Day. This list is organised by age range. 

In addition to the booklist, you can also find resources on the Stephen Lawrence Day website

The Reading Agency & BBC Arts Big Jubilee Read
Libraries Connected is proud to support The Reading Agency and BBC Arts' Big Jubilee Read. This is a reading for pleasure campaign celebrating great reads from across the Commonwealth to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen's Jubilee.

British Library's Discovering Children's Books
Aimed at primary school children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages, the site explores the history and rich variety of children’s literature, through treasures from the British Library, Seven Stories, Bodleian Libraries and the V & A. It also has a bank of creative activities for children of all ages, from creating your own comic to making a miniature book or inventing a superhero. 

National Literacy Trust's Learn and play
Ideas and guidance for fun, simple activities that will engage your children and improve their reading, writing and language development.

The Reading Agency's Reading Well for children
Help for children and families to understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing using helpful reading.


Libraries Connected endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, however, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose.


Book recommendations

Miss browsing at your local library? View our selection of online book websites that recommend books for adults and children.


Reading at home

Free audio and e-books, online reading groups, podcasts, videos and more.


Learning at home

Free online learning resources and webinars for children, adults and businesses.


Information at home

Advice and information on COVID-19 from the government and for key affected groups as well as general consumer advice and media information.


Health and Wellbeing at home

A collection of resources and contacts to help support positive mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 crisis.


Educational resources at home

A list of online educational resources by subject and key stage