Posted: Friday 17th April 2020
Online resources are more important then ever during this time and we have lots you can access for free with your library membership, including:
New audiobooks collection available with RBDigital
If you listen to audiobooks with BorrowBox, you can now enjoy more choice with a new audiobooks collection on RBDigital.
If you are a RBDigital user, you may have noticed that, in addition to digital magazines, a new option for audiobooks has appeared. You can start browsing, borrowing and listening straight away – no further login required. Loans are for 21 days and you can have up to 7 items out at a time.
If you have not used RBDigital before, you just need to download the RBDigital app (available for both iOS and Android), find Hertfordshire Libraries and create your account with your library card number. You will then be able to access the audiobooks as well as all the digital magazines.
Fun with LEGO from home
Virtual LEGO Clubs
Missing our LEGO Clubs?
Bishops Stortford, Borehamwood, Bushey, Hertford, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Letchworth, North Watford, Oxhey, Radlett, Royston , St. Albans and Stevenage Libraries are all running virtual LEGO clubs on their Facebook pages, setting a new fun challenge each week. Dig out any bricks you have at home, follow the links, then let your imagination and creativity flow and get building!
Photo - St Albans Library’s ‘book’ challenge
Six Brick Challenges
Our partner, FIRST LEGO League UK and Ireland, are running regular Six Brick Challenges on Facebook Live. Six Bricks are a learning tool developed by LEGO Education, these activities using just six 2 by 4 DUPLO (or LEGO) bricks are lots of fun and help with the development of memory, movement, creativity, language and problem solving. Missed a Live session? Don’t worry you can watch the videos at any time on their Facebook page.
All library members, including new members who joined online, can use our online resources. In most cases, you only need your card number. For BorrowBox, you will need your card number and PIN.
You can access the following resources:
Here is a quick guide to what’s new on the Reference Library Online
Oxford Dictionaries Pro: as well as an excellent reference to English grammar and usage, this now includes language dictionaries: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Portuguese
American National Biography: with over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history, this is the American equivalent to the Dictionary of National Biography
New Oxford Shakespeare: read or cross-search the complete texts (in modern or original spellings and punctuation), notes, and scholarly resources in one integrated powerful resource. Highly recommended for students, lecturers, actors, play-lovers and scholars.
To login to those resources, enter hertsb + your library card number.
We have also found lots of online resources supplied by other organisations, publishers and authors, these include:
Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell launches new BookTrust Home Time hub for families
Reading for pleasure and exploring new ideas are great ways to boost morale, keep up with learning and to starve off boredom for all of us.
Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell has launched BookTrust Home Time - a hub of activities and resources for families with children of all ages. It includes free online books, videos, games, recipes, competitions, quizzes and other activities to keep your family entertained while you’re at home. Top authors and illustrators will be contributing activities and content to the hub, all to keep children reading while they're home from school. The hub also includes a list of activities being carried out by authors and illustrators on social media, including live drawalongs, readings and web chats.
Resources for Families
Even though currently our library buildings are closed we have a huge range of resources that families can access for free online from home using their Hertfordshire library card details of which can be found below.
We are also working on a range of additional online services for children and families and are signposting to fun activities and useful websites including authors and illustrators sharing their books on line. Keep up to date with developments and information by following us on social media we are posting daily.
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Library newsletter - visit the Update Me page and get email updates, Update me is a free service that can send you email updates from your library direct to your inbox. Or go direct to our blog pages
How to join the library
If you are not a library member you can join online when you visit our website
You will receive a temporary membership number which can be used to access lots of our online services for customers, visit our FAQ page for the latest list of online resources available.
Carry on reading and listening for pleasure with BorrowBox our online e- library
We have a huge range of free e- books and audio books available for children, young adults and adults, to download for free. These include authors JK Rowling (Harry Potter) Rick Riordan ( Percy Jackson) David Walliams, Anthony Horrowitz and Jacqueline Wilson. You can also listen on audio to popular titles such as Peppa Pig, Cressida Cowell’s The Wizards of Once and Liz Pichon The Brilliant World of Tom Gates.
The BorrowBox App is free to download and you can borrow up to 7 titles at once. The App is very easy to use. Visit our website for more details on how to download or click here BorrowBox ebooks and audio
Looking for reliable information to help with home schooling and study
Our Reference Library Online has a range of free reference sources that you can use at home. Perfect for helping with research, study, homework or just for fun, all you need to do is log on with your library card number
Or, download the Hertfordshire Libraries App go to Online Resources, follow the link for General Resources then click the required link and log on
Britannica Online: good quality, safe information for pupils.
This is the equivalent of the printed version of Encyclopaedia Britannica. There are three levels of use, one for Junior (for age 6-10), one for Students (for age 10-15) as well as one for Adults (aged 15+). A great homework resource. You can rest assured there is no fake news!
Credo Reference: a great online resource for research.
Credo is excellent for project work. It’s the ideal place to start any research providing access to hundreds of highly regarded and popular titles bringing the facts alive with images, sound files, animations, and much more. It also includes a collection of the popular DK Eyewitness books.
Oxford English Dictionary: are you looking for the definition of a word?
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. So is great for students! Try the quick search on the front page for a definition of a word.
Oxford Reference Online: a great online encyclopaedia.
Oxford Reference Online is a great digitized encyclopaedia for all with a selection of searchable reference titles on a variety of subjects and includes encyclopaedias, dictionaries and books of quotations spanning 25 subject areas bringing together 2 million digitised entries.
Free magazines and newspapers on line
These are available via the library website
Or you can download the apps on to your device by visiting the app store. Then search “Hertfordshire Libraries”
- You can read digital editions of most UK national newspapers with PressReader (full details on how to use the PressReader app can be found on our website)