Free online resources

Some of the free online resources you can use from home include eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewpapers, eMagazines and eComics.

Visit our libraries webpages to find out more. 


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 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.

Online resources

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.

Explore online resources from home including family history tool Findmypast-World and the Times Digital Archive.

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.

Information service

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 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

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 - join the silly squad

There's still time to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 and this year it's being run digitally.

Silly Squad is a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter. Children can sign up on the Summer Reading Challenge website. It's free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal.

There are also games, video content, quizzes and activities for children and families to take part at home. Stories, fact books, audio books, graphic novels and poetry all count towards the challenge.

Children can also borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from Brighton and Hove libraries.

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


Brighton & Hove summer reads

Open to anyone aged 16 and over. Whether the sun is shining or it’s raining buckets we challenge you to get reading this summer and tell us your best reads.

It’s simple. Read 3 books before the submission deadline of 27 September 2020 to be in with the chance of winning a book voucher to spend in one of our brilliant independent book shops. 

You can read more than 3 books, but you need to choose your best 3 to rate, review and recommend. It can be your own book, a book borrowed from the library, an eBook or an audio book. We don’t mind just get reading.

When you’ve read and chosen which 3 books to rate fill out the completion form and tell us what you thought of each book in the boxes provided. We’ll use some reviews of up to 100 words max on our Library Facebook pages and post some on our Facebook Book Chat Group page too. 

Submit your completed form and you’ll be entered into the prize draw.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 27 September, and the winners will be notified shortly afterwards. 

Go on Brighton & Hove, get reading, we know you want to.