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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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.

Family Book Club

Starting in February half-term you can take part in our family book club activity. Each month we will release a new book discussion activity for families to explore. 

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams book club

The Hobbit by JRR Tokien book club. Complete the activities and enter the competition before Monday 26 April.

The Reading Ramble podcast

 The Reading Ramble podcast

The Reading Ramble is a regular podcast brought to you by the library service.

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

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.

Ethel Carnie Podcast series

We are very excited to announce the release of a brand new series of podcasts, looking at the novel This Slavery, written by Lancashire's pioneering author Ethel Carnie. Ethel wrote "This Slavery" in 1925 and is thought by many to be the first working class woman in Britain to have become a published author. We have worked with Mid Pennine Arts to commission these three podcast episodes to help celebrate the BBC "Novels that Shaped Our World" series.

The episodes will be released on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and other major podcast platforms and will be free to listen to. We are working to ensure that copies of This Slavery will be available to borrow from our libraries as soon as possible.

Listen to This Slavery on:

Spotify

Pocket Casts

Anchor

Breaker

Google

Radio Public

Jigsaws and crosswords

Want a challenge? We've created jigsaws, crosswords, quizzes and word puzzles for you.

Try a jigsaw from the Lancs Libraries collection on Jigsaw Planet.

Can you answer all the questions in our book-related quizzes on Niche Academy?

Find the Harry Potter links in our puzzle on The Word Search.

Test your knowledge with these crosswords:

Lancashire libraries book crossword 1 on Crossword Labs

 

Business and jobs

Our Digital Library includes:
  • Help with finding a job and Universal Credit
  • Starting and running a business

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.