Your library at home

Find out what's available for you and your family at home from our libraries. There's something for everyone. 

Your library at home

Find out what's available for you and your family at home from our libraries. There's something for everyone. 

Find out what's available for you and your family at home from our libraries. There's something for everyone. Check out all the resources on our Digital Library.

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If you need to reset your PIN or update your details let us know.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news and virtual events like our weekly Lego Club and Twitter and Facebook Book Club.

Reading

You can keep reading from home.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event aimed at 4-11 year olds, run by the Reading Agency. Find out more and sign up today.

Twitter and Facebook book club

Join our @lancspublib Twitter and @lancslibraries Facebook Lunch Break Book Club on Wednesday 12 August at 12 noon for an hour long discussion. We'll be discussing My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay.
Sissay recounts his life story. It is a story of neglect and determination. Misfortune and hope. Cruelty and triumph.


Download and read from our BorrowBox library

Download and listen from our BorrowBox library

Facebook family book club

A chance for all the family to share in their love of reading and great stories. Our next book club on Thursday 20 August. We will be discussing the Paddington stories.

Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same… for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is around.We'll be having a quiz too.

Download and listen from our BorrowBox library

Emoji booklist

Want a reading recommendation? Send us an Emoji on Twitter or Facebook and we'll recommend a book, comic or magazine. 

Magazines, newspapers and comics

Magazines, newspapers and comics

You can download free magazines, newspapers and comics with your library card and email. Find out more on our digital library:

Learning

Use our free encyclopaedias to help with schoolwork or just find out new things. Login with your library card. 

Digital skills 

With your library card login to The Computer School for free training resources.

Test your knowledge

With our fun quizzes on Niche Academy.

The Skills Toolkit

Free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up your skills, progress in work and boost your job prospects from GOV.UK.

Citizenship

Get ready for your citizenship test. Login with your library card.

Driving theory test

Practice for your driving theory test 

Lancashire Adult Learning

Learn from Home with Lancashire Adult Learning. 

Video tutorials

video tutorials

You can watch video tutorials on Niche Academy for help using some of our digital library resources.

The video tutorials also include:

  • Social media - get started with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Snapchat
  • Digital skills -  how to use software like Excel, Word and Google Docs

Information

Family and local history

Search our Red Rose Collections archive of photographs and newspaper indexes.

Search Lancashire Archives on Ancestry – temporary home access (external link). You will need to register with Ancestry, providing a valid email address (click on 'Sign up today for free' when prompted). 

Newspapers

With your library card you can look at current and historical newspapers.

Research

Use our trusted Digital Library subscription resources for your research. 

NewsBank for local, national and worldwide newspapers with an archive of between 5 and 25 years. 

Public Information Online for an archive of searchable Parliamentary and Official documents and is the only resource which will allow you to view so many Parliamentary publications in one place as PDFs.

You can currently get the NewsGuard browser extension for free. Get trust ratings for 4,000+ news and information sites.

Culture

You can access these music and theatre resources from home with your library card number:

  • Grove Music Online - The most trusted source to find out more about music, with thousands of composer biographies and articles about music styles and theory.
  • Medici TV - Free access to performance films, documentaries and recorded live concerts of music, opera, and ballet.

Find out more about these resources and how to access them in our Digital Library.

We are working with Spot On Lancashire to continue to bring great art and stories to you through Spot On Stories. These ten-minute micro shows are filmed just for the people of Lancashire. Tuesday afternoons will be stories for children and families, and Thursday evenings will be something a little more grown-up. 

Lego Club

A themed weekly challenge for everyone. Share photos of your creations.

This week, Monday 10 August – Sunday 16 August, the theme is teddy bears.

The Lego Club will have a different theme each week and be available on social media and the website every Monday at 11am. Anyone can join in, no age restrictions.

What you need to know!

    1. The work must be your own
    2. Only send pictures of your Lego creations; please don’t include any people (unless they’re Lego people!)
    3. There will be a theme each week so please try to stick to this – we’d love to hear your suggestions for future themes
    4. Lego Club will take place every week – so keep an eye on our social media for further news!

Sharing your creations

To share your Lego creations with us, reply to our message on Facebook or Twitter with a picture:

You can email your creations to library.online@Lancashire.gov.uk

Take a look at the brilliant creations on Flickr.

Transport

Rainbows

Rockets

Dragons

Easter

 

 

Business and jobs

Our Digital Library includes:
  • Help with finding a job and Universal Credit
  • Business information

Health and wellbeing

We have a collection of self-help books, lifestyle guides and personal accounts to help you learn about health issues and manage your own mental health and wellbeing.

Download Reading Well for Health books from BorrowBox.

Here are some validated and trusted websites to help you manage your mental health and well-being from our Good Web Guide on Diigo.