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.

Working with the Reading Agency, so far the following publishers we've contacted have agreed to relax their copyright rules during this time. Full details on their conditions for broadcast can be found below. Please do check this as many publishers are requesting prior notice before you can broadcast online.

Andersen Press
Barrington Stoke
Bonnier Books
Chicken House
Child’s Play
Dial Books
Egmont Publishing *NEW
Faber Children's Books
Hachette Children's Group
Harper Collins UK
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt *NEW
Little Tiger
Macmillan Children’s Books
Nosy Crow
Otter Barry Books
Penguin Random House / Puffin
Piccadilly Press
Quirk Books
Scholastic (deadline extended to 31 May)
Simon and Schuster
Tiny Owl / Five Quills / Troika / Wacky Bee
Two Hoots
Walker Books

We will update this page as soon as we hear back from other publishers.



Publisher's licensing restrictions - May 2020

A list of UK children's publishers and their position on broadcasting their titles. Last updated: 13.05.20


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