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.

If you're not a library member join now

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.

Lancashire Libraries Academy hosts lots of videos and guides to help you make the most of your library at home and all the online services we have available. There are also some beginner's guides to aspects of the digital world and lots of quizzes to keep you amused.

Reading

You can keep reading from home.

Lancashire Crime Capers competition for Libraries Week 2020

This competition is now closed. The winner will be notified by 13 November.

Our thanks to everyone who took part and sent us your great Crime Capers book reviews.

Read excerpts from some of those reviews

This year we celebrated Libraries Week from 5 to 11 October. To mark this occasion, we hosted a competition with the the opportunity to win an iPad, kindly donated by BorrowBox, our eBook supplier.

Winter Mini Challenge

The Reading Agency's Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to keep reading through the winter holidays by rewarding them for reading and reviewing books. To take part in the Winter Mini Challenge online, children simply read any books (including eBooks and audiobooks) of their choice, then rate and review them. 

The Winter Mini Challenge will begin on Tuesday 1 December and end on Friday 15 January.

Take part in the Winter Mini Challenge.

 

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.

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.

Culture

Here is some great music and theatre you can access at home from Lancashire libraries.

Music

Medici TV

Medici TV features over 3,500 musical works filmed from the 1940’s through to the present day and 2,000 films including live concerts, documentaries, operas, ballets and master classes in High Definition.

You can watch all these for free in your browser on laptops, tablets, phones or internet TVs.

To see a preview and login, visit our Digital library

Theatre

Open Book Theatre and London ASCEL present The Three Musketeers 

A digital production in association with London libraries, celebrating Black History Month. Supported by Arts Council England

“D’Artagnan, the hero of this story was a proud Gascon,

That’s someone from Gascony, to you and me, truthfully.

Even though he’s the star of a classic,

He was alotabit brassic, you know, a little short of cash…”

Experience Dumas' swashbuckling epic in all its 2020 glory as this modern adaptation explores the literary classic through a digital age transformation. Featuring a cast of African/Caribbean heritage performers and contributions from young people across the capital.

Suitable for ages 6+

Running time is approximately 30 minutes

We'll be streaming regular performances from October 31 via Facebook

See a trailer on You Tube

Spot On Shorts

From Thursday 22 October we will be launching Spot On Shorts.  This Autumn programme features performances from professional writers, storytellers and actors and has been commissioned by Spot On Lancashire.

Spot On Shorts are designed to offer a ten minute respite from the news or the stress of lockdown. Wherever you are or whatever you’re doing, take ten minutes to enjoy a brand new performance made just for you.

Visit our Spot On page for further details.

Lego Club

This weekly creative challenge ran from April to September 2020 when libraries were closed. 

 

Take a look at the some of 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.