Online resources and digital library

Online resources for children

eBooks, eMagazines eAudiobooks, eComics and eScores from Libby, by Overdrive

Library members can borrow and download books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, comics and scores for free straight to a dedicated app on your tablet, phone, eBook reader or computer. These are all for free from Libby, by Overdrive. All you need is your library card membership number and pin or password. In just a few taps, you can start reading or listening instantly on your phone, tablet or computer.

For more information about Libby, visit the eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, eAudiobooks, eComics and eScores page.

eMagazines and eNewspapers from PressReader

With over 6,000 publications from over 100 countries in over 60 languages, PressReader is the leading digital newspaper and magazine provider for premium content. Libraries members can access 1000s of magazines and newspapers in libraries and on personal devices. 

For more information about PressReader including how to create an account, visit the eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, eAudiobooks, eComics and eScores page.


Encyclopaedia Britannica

Britannica Library Junior contains comprehensive content for primary school children aged 5-11. Whether it is frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Online Library Edition covers it all.


Issues Online

Issues Online provides personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) resources for teachers, students and parents. They use images, graphs, infographics, videos and glossaries to help students and teachers understand information covering a wide range of PSHE subjects, KS4 topics, lessons and social issues.

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IXL Maths and English practice

IXL is an online learning experience that provides comprehensive, curriculum-based Maths and English for children in Reception up to Year 13.

The website is designed to keep children engaged with their learning by providing fun awards. It also provides parents/guardians with detailed reports on their children’s progress.

What you will find on IXL:

  • Unlimited unique questions - to make practising engaging
  • Adaptable skill levels - to support and encourage children
  • Fun awards - to keep children motivated
  • Detailed parent reports - so they can stay in the know

Please note parents/guardians will need to sign up at your local Kensington and Chelsea library and you will be provided with passwords and usernames in order to be able access the site.

To find out more visit the IXL website.


KidSpeak online language course for children

KidSpeak is a fun, age-appropriate online language course designed for children ages six and up.

Accessible through Transparent Language Online, KidSpeak introduces your children to English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. The program teaches words and phrases suitable for learners’ age, needs, and interests. More than 40 activities, puzzles, and songs guide young learners through the basics, along with a cartoon ‘friend’ who speaks the language. 

KidSpeak works on computers, tablets, and phones - so your little ones can learn on the go, at home, or in the library.

To find out more, sign up to Transparent Language Online with your library membership number.


Who Next...? A guide to children's authors

Who Next...? is for when children ask: 'Who can I read next?' or 'Who writes like my favourite author?'.

Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles. Visit the Who Next...? website.

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Last updated: 12 July 2021