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.

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.

The highlighted publishers have now agreed to extend these permissions beyond 30 June 2021.

Allana Max (until 30 June 2021)
Andersen Press (no longer granting permissions but have made their own assets available for libraries until 30 June 2021)
Barrington Stoke
Bonnier Books
Chicken House
Child’s Play (until 30 June 2021)
Dial Books
Egmont Publishing
Faber Children's Books
Flying Eye Books / Nobrow Ltd
Hachette Children's Group (until 30 June 2021)
Harper Collins Children's Books (until 31 December 2021)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Lantana (until 30 June 2021)
Little Tiger
Macmillan Children’s Books
Mantra Lingua Limited
Nobrow Ltd / Flying Eye Books (until 30 June 2021)
Nosy Crow
Otter Barry Books (until 30 June 2021)
Penguin Random House / Puffin (until 30 September 2021)
Piccadilly Press
Quirk Books
Simon and Schuster (until 30 June 2021)
Tiny Owl (until 31 August 2021)
Five Quills 
Troika (until 30 June 2021)
Wacky Bee (until 30 June 2021)
Two Hoots
Usborne (until 31 July 2021)
Walker Books (until 31 July 2021)

We will update this page as soon as we hear back from other publishers. As of 1 July, we have added a list of contacts for children's publisher permissions which you will find in the Resources section below.



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 - July 2021

This guidance note is for public library services in England and applies to operations in Step 4 of the government’s recovery roadmap beginning on 19 July.

The note has been prepared by Libraries Connected in consultation with Public Health England in line with published government guidance. Updated 15.07.21


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.