Date posted 01 Apr 2020

Online Resources for all ages:

 Library resources:

Ancestry – Now available to all library users :login to you library account with your library card and click on the “Ancestry Library Edition” link to start searching billions of records and discover your family's story.

Digital resources: Access to free ebooks,audiobooks,magazines etc 

Online resources: Dictionaries to driving tests a range of resources to use:  

General resources:

Amazon Prime Video – Range of Originals for children available for free. 

Art UK:Bromley Historic collections

British Library :Discovering Children's Books: Get creative with activities for children of all ages. Invent your own superhero, make a pop-up book and much more! 

Barrington StokeFrom reading guides to colouring in sheets, something for every age of reader...

Cambridge University Press – has made its collection of academic textbooks available online for free until the end of May. 

Europeana – Free EU culture and history. 

Future Learn online courses: Free online courses Mindfulness to Management and everything in between  

Internet Archive – 1.4 million titles available during the crisis, no waiting list. 

JSTOR – 6,000 ebooks and 150 journals available.

Libraries 4 Schools:Activities and resourses : a reference catalogue of over 3,500 musical works filmed from the 1940’s through to the present day and 2,000 films including concert, documentaries, operas, ballets and master classes in High Definition. Available free until April 30. Available via DCA London.

Museum of Brands:

Family resources: 

Dementia friendly activities: 

National Art Library V&A: 

National Theatre Free productions will be screened live on YouTube every Thursday, 7pm. 

Open Culture – Free courses, books, movies. 

Oxford Owl

Support for parents and learners via Oxford Owl

Support for teachers at schools using Oxford Owl

Penguin Random House:


Project Gutenberg – 60k free ebooks. 

Reading Agency:

The Reading agency Hub:

Download the Reading Agency toolkit from here:

RHS Gardening:Saucer veg:With a little time and patience there are vegetables that you can re-grow again and again from kitchen scraps!

The Sofa Singers :A free & weekly online singing event from James Sills that brings hundreds of people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.  

TES (Times Educational Supplement) have a list of 74 free resources for home learning

for children from early years to 18+ covering all areas of the curriculum and beyond.

Wikisource – 463k texts in English. 



Audible Stories – Free audiobooks for children and teens.

Books and Guides for Home Learning:   

Book trust Home Time:

Looking for something  fun as a family? Enjoy storytime  with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters. 

The British Library:  Discover Children’s Books

A gallery of videos and activities to inspire creativity in book lovers of all ages

Faber and Faber:

Search engine designed specifically for children

Kid Normal : E-audiobook now free.  

The Literacy Trust  :

Love my Books:
Fun creative reading activities and story videos for pre-schoolers and families at home .

LoveReading :

Safe Search Kids:

Safe Search Kids is a search engine powered by Google for filtered search results.

STEM Organisation provides free content and resources for home learning in STEM subjects. 


Swiggle is a friendly search engine for kids aimed at Key Stage 2

World of David Walliams :    



Booklings Chat:

Fun Kids Book Club:

Just Imagine:

Library Girl and Book Boy Podcast :

Storytime with Mama G:



Young Adults


Audible Stories – Free audiobooks for children and teens. 

The Mix moderated online discussion boards for young people to discuss their concerns around Covid-19  essential support for under 25s

Teen Librarian :