Digital library services and online activities available during Covid-19
Free online resources
Some of the free online resources you can use from home include eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewpapers, eMagazines and eComics.
Winter Mini Challenge 2020
Our Winter Mini Challenge is starting and we want you to get involved!
We’re teaming up with awesome children’s publisher Knights Of to bring you the Everyone Is A Hero reading challenge, where you’ll meet characters from Knights and Bikes, High-Rise Mystery, and the Run series.
The Challenge starts on Tuesday 1 December 2020 and ends on Friday 15 January 2021.
All you have to do to complete the Winter Mini Challenge is read at least three books!
Rate and review your books on this website while the Challenge is on and you’ll unlock a limited-edition virtual badge for your profile AND a special certificate that you can print out and keep.
If you don’t have a profile yet, you can sign up on the wintermini website.
Families with library membership can get a free 12 month subscription to educational entertainment app Hopster. It is aimed at 2 to 6 year olds and designed to develop your child’s learning through quality preschool shows, games, books and songs.
All the content is safe, advert-free and in line with the Early Years Curriculum.
Hopster can be used on smart phones, tablets or smart TVs.
To claim a free 12 month Hopster subscription, you or your child will need to be a member of Brighton & Hove Libraries. If you’re not already a library member, it’s free and easy to join the library online.
Send an email to email@example.com include your name, library card number and ‘Hopster’ as the subject heading. We’ll reply as soon as we can with your unique code and some guidance notes to get you started.
You’ll have access for 12 months from the day you start using the app.
Britannica Library has trusted information on thousands of subjects to help you with your school work and studies. You can access both Junior which is aimed at children age 5 to 11 years old, and Student which is aimed at people age 12 to 18 years old. There is no need to log in with your library card.
Watch free recordings of classical performances including music, ballet and operas from around the world on Medici.TV.
Business and IP Centre
Brighton & Hove Libraries are joining the Business and IP Centre Network. Find out how you can use our free business databases including FAME, COBRA and IBISWorld.
You can also find local and national business support.
Contact our information service if you need help using any of the online resources or if you need more information.
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01273 290 800.
Get free one-to-one remote digital support
Digital Brighton & Hove offer one-to-one digital support. Phone the Digital Helpline on 07475 946 084 and get help from one of our volunteer Digital Champions. Please leave a message with your name, telephone number and what help you need.
AbilityNet also provide free one-to-one remote support for anyone who needs help to get online during the pandemic. This could include setting up a new device, keeping in touch with family, online shopping and staying safe online. Phone 0800 048 7642 to get some help now.
What's on-events & activities in libraries
All libraries events and activities are currently taking place online. Join in and catch up on Brighton & Hove Libraries Facebook page.
Children and Families
Early years sessions
Pre-school children and their families can access early years sessions online for everyone to enjoy at home. Library staff and guests will share stories.
Baby Boogie music and rhyme sessions are on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Dad’s Baby Boogie will be on the second Saturday of the month.
Twice weekly Top Picks posts will highlight things the library loves for little ones.
Everything is taking place on our Facebook page.
- Monday at 10.15am, Storytime
- Tuesday at 10.15am, Tuesday's Top Picks
- Wednesday at 10.15am, Storytime or Baby Boogie on first and third of the month
- Thursday at 10.15am, Thursday's Top Picks
- Friday at 10.15am, Storytime
- Second Saturday of the month at 10.15am, Dad’s Baby Boogie