Ebooks, TV, Audiobooks & Newspapers


Ebooks, TV & Audiobooks




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  Herts Libraries  (Children & Adults)

Read ebooks and listen to audio books without having to go to the library.  Parents can also read ebooks and digital newspaper and magazines. All you need is your library card and your pin number.

  • click here for free ebooks and audio books on Borrowbox.
  • click here for free newspapers and magazines for adults.
  • click here for free reference resources (Junior Encyclopedia Britannica)

Not a member of Herts Libraries? You can sign up today here.

Access above online services immediately using the temporary member number provided on sign up, until they are able to issue you with a permanent library card once libraries re-open fully.



Listen to books. A large selection of books and stories have been made free during school closures. Listeners can access the site from their computers, tablets and smartphones and enjoy selections in six languages – English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. There’s no log in and no need to be an Audible member. Now available: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.


    BBC    CBBC – shows from books                            

Watch books turned into TV series, including The Worst Witch, Tracy Beaker, Deadly 60, Hetty Feather, Hank Zipzer, The Demon Headmaster.


    BBC    Jackanory Junior                                            

Watch stories. Storytelling using videos and read alouds.


    BBC Sounds

Excellent website for listening to books and other activities. Entertainment, comedy, drama, music, activities, facts, sport. Listen to Carrie's War, War Horse, Tracy Beaker Podcast, Shakespeare, The Tales of Beatrix Potter and more.


  The Book of Hopes

Read a book. Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.



Read a book. Full of free ebooks for all levels on a range of topics. Digital library for children 12 and under. Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes and more. American based. Full of free ebooks for all levels on a range of topics. Digital library for children 12 and under. Instantly access 35,000 titles.


   Free Children’s Classics: PDFs, Word & Audiobooks                         

Read and listen to classic books. Including Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Railway Children, Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Black Beauty. In Word, pdf and audiobook formats. A few pages missing here and there in audio format.


  Mantra Lingua (dual language books)

Mantra Lingua publishes books in dual languages - English and another language. Huge online library of over 550 books and 38 languages. Each book is read aloud in English and your Home Language. There are folk tales, myths, stories of multi-cultural life here in the UK and reference books. Each book has a video and a set of activities to help build language skills. The library covers reading ages from 3 to 15 years, so other members of your family can also access and enjoy together! You can read the books on your computers, laptops, tablets or smart phones.  Please note that there is a charge for this service.  


  Oxford Owl                                                                            

Read books. Free Oxford Owl eBooks.  Also, advice and support for parents, educational activities and games.


  Project Gutenberg                                                                

Read books. Free children’s and adult’s books to read online or download. Mostly classics. Includes old, classic picture books.


  Storyline Online                                                       

Read and watch. Online reading/videos of hundreds of books. American based but some recognisable books from the UK.


Ebooks, TV, Audiobooks & Newspapers