Responding to Covid-19

Now that libraries have moved to providing their services remotely, we've been working hard to support this transition. Our priorities at the moment are securing funding for more e-books for libraries and negotiating with publishers to allow libraries to deliver reading activities online.

Please check this list before running an event as many publishers are requesting prior notice before you can broadcast online. Details of publisher contacts can be found in the Publisher's Licensing Restrictions document in the Resources section below. We have also added a list of contacts for children's publisher permissions.

The highlighted publishers have extended permissions until 31 December 2021.

Allana Max
Andersen Press 
Barrington Stoke
Bonnier Books
Chicken House
Child’s Play 
Dial Books
Egmont Publishing
Faber Children's Books
Flying Eye Books / Nobrow Ltd
Hachette Children's Group 
Harper Collins Children's Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Little Tiger
Macmillan Children’s Books
Mantra Lingua Limited
Nobrow Ltd / Flying Eye Books 
Nosy Crow
Otter Barry Books 
Penguin Random House / Puffin Piccadilly Press
Quirk Books
Simon and Schuster 
Tiny Owl 
Five Quills 
Wacky Bee
Two Hoots
Walker Books 



Children's publisher permissions directory - July 2021

A list of UK children's publishers, contact details and current positions on broadcasting readings online. Last updated: 01/07/2021


Service operational guidance - December 2021

This guidance note is for public library services in England and applies to operations from 10 December 2021.

The note has been prepared by Libraries Connected in consultation with Public Health England in line with published government guidance. Updated 10.12.2021.


Covid-19 Safer Libraries guide

A guide on how to organise library buildings to keep staff and the public safe while still ensuring that spaces remain welcoming environments for everyone to use. Version 2


Online training during Covid-19

Training resources for library staff during the Covid-19 period.


Social Media Toolkit

This toolkit has been created for Libraries Connected as a guide for all public library services on the use of social media to create more open lines of communication between library services and users.


Safeguarding for online events toolkit

Top tips for safeguarding adults and children during online events.


Running digital events for adults

This list highlights some of the wide range of activities for adults which showcase digital activities that are popular and working well.


How to make a podcast toolkit

Podcasts are a great way to reach people wherever they are. Find out how to make your own podcast.


Engaging with a digital audience toolkit

A guide to best practice for improving your services's online engagement.


Facebook Live toolkit

How to create a Facebook Live event from your library or personal page.