Digital Resources for Young People

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Our fantastic collection of online resources includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, eMagazines and a wealth of reference sources for children and young adults, which are free to download as part of your library membership in Wales.

To use the digital resources you must be based in the UK and be a registered member at a participating Welsh library. If you are already a library member, you can use your library membership number to access the digital resources.

eBooks and eAudioBooks

Our Borrowbox eBook & eAudio service includes over 20,000 titles, and features titles in Welsh and English from top authors such as Michael Morpurgo and Cressida Cowell.

To access these resources, download the Borrowbox app from the App Store or Google Play, register using the instructions below, and start borrowing, downloading and enjoying e-books and e-audiobooks from the Welsh Libraries Borrowbox collections. They can be downloaded into Apple iOS and Google Android devices for limited periods through digital loans. MP3 audio files are accessible and compatible with all devices.

Not a member of a library? Then follow the links here to join your local library online.

User instructions for Borrowbox eBooks and eAudio service

eMagazines & eComics

Welsh Libraries currently offers over 250 popular magazine titles through the RBdigital eMagazines service, which features titles such as ‘National Geographic’, ‘Digital Camera World’ and ‘BBC Science Focus Magazine’, with many further titles in the areas of photography, cars, computers, history, art and crafts.

Welsh Libraries are also proud to be offering an enhanced eComics service from April 2020, which will include over 3,500 titles. The enhanced collection will include popular Disney titles such as Frozen, Mulan & Finding Nemo, as well as Marvel classics such as Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk, and other top comics such as Transformers, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters.

Dr. Mel Gibson, Associate Professor, Northumbria University & Comics scholar also commented “It is lovely to see this free collection of mainstream eComics made available for readers of all ages.”

The eMagazines and eComics collection can be accessed through either the RBdigital app or website, which are available free through your library membership in Wales. For further information on how to access these resources, click here, or visit your local library website.

User instructions for RB Digital eMagazines Service

Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory test. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests.

Access to Theory Test Pro is completely free for Welsh residents who call in to any Welsh local authority branch libraries. Public library members in Wales can also access Theory Test Pro from anywhere by using their library card number and logging in directly.

How to sign up for Theory Test Pro:

  1. When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This information allows Theory Test Pro to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test.
  2. You will need a valid email address to sign up for Theory Test Pro.
  3. If you sign up from home or anywhere else outside of the library, you will also need a valid Welsh public library barcode number, available on your library card.

If you’re not a member of a Welsh public library yet, to access Theory Test Pro you can join your library online or in person, find details on joining your local library here.

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Digital Reference Sources

Many local libraries in Wales offer digital reference sources, such as encyclopedias, biographies, dictionaries and newspapers, which are very useful sources to help with homework or other research query. Discover what is available to you through your local library website here.

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National Library of Wales Electronic Resources

The National Library of Wales offers a wide range of free online resources, including newspapers, reference resources and journals. To access these remotely, you will need to use your National Library of Wales reader’s ticket. To become a member, the online registration form is available here.

Visit the National Library of Wales website to discover the wealth of resources available.

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