Free online resources

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

Visit the eBorrowing page on the website for more information on eBooks.  Visit the Online resources page for more info on other electronic resources.


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.

Please note: This Hopster offer will end on the 31 of October. You will not be able to claim your free 12 month Hopster subscription after that date.

Any subscriptions which have already been gifted will stay active for the full 12 month period.

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 0808 196 5883 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

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