Digital Resources for Young People

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Our fantastic collection of online resources includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines 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

Digital Magazines

Borrow your favourite magazines from your local library service. Users with a library card can read digital magazines on Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive, or by visiting your library authority website. Top titles include 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.

To use this service 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 borrow e-Magazines using your library membership card number and PIN.

Digital magazines through Libby have no waiting lists or reservations, do not count towards checkout limits and provide readers the option to renew their selections. Welsh Libraries borrowers can browse lists of magazines within the app and search by format to find available titles. 

Libby will seamlessly connect first-time users and experienced readers alike with the Welsh Libraries eMagazines collection. Readers may browse and instantly borrow titles then start reading for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices – iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™.  All titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

To get started enjoying digital magazines, download Libby or visit your local authority website.


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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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