Coronavirus - impact on Bradford Libraries

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Coronavirus - impact on Bradford Libraries

All our libraries are closed until further notice, in an effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. We wanted to share some information with you.

Renewals and returns

You will not be charged for the late return of any items during the period that the libraries are closed. Please hold onto any items you currently have on loan and do not try to post them through letter boxes or leave them outside libraries.

Online Services


Free E-Books, E-Audiobooks, E-Magazines and E-Newspapers

Whilst our libraries are closed, you can always use our digital library.

We have access to thousands of magazines and newspapers, including todays editions, via our PressReader App

You can access our Ebook service here:

To use these services you will need your library card number and PIN.

Not a Member???

If you know someone who would like to use these services, but is not a member of the library, they can join online and we will email their library card number and PIN. You can access our online joining form here:

Home Access to Find My Past

In light of the challenging circumstances we are all facing, Findmypast would like to provide remote access to your library subscription via username and password.

Password: FMP2020

These details can be entered into the 'Sign In' page:

Some things to be aware of:

Users will not be able to log into their personal Findmypast account to use the library subscription as they normally would via IP address recognition whilst in the library premises.


Online Book Group

Holiday Cover

Why not join our new online book group or start your own using our Borrowbox ebook service.

These book group books can borrowed by up to 500 people at one time and a new book will be selected for discussion, and available to borrow, every two weeks and you can join in the chat and let us know your thoughts on our Facebook group #LibrariesFromHome  or in our forum 

These book group books are listed under LibrariesFromHome on the Borrowbox app.

Our first book is The Holiday by T.M Logan
Visit this link to use our ebook service:

New Bradford Libraries Forum

We have a forum where you can discuss book stuff including our new online book group. We also have a section on there called 'ask a librarian' for any book or library related things we may be able to help you with.

Creative Writing

Creative writing

Are you missing our library creative writing courses and workshops? Our lovely creative writing tutors have taken their courses and workshops online.



Creative writing course with Steve O’Connor

Learn about different writing styles and genre through weekly exercises. This course will lead you through the essentials of the craft – including characterization, plotting, description, dialogue and editing. There will also be the chance to explore publishing opportunities and share your own writing and receive feedback. Beginners and more experienced writers welcome.10 weeks.

To find out more email Steve

Skype Poetry Workshops with Mark Connors and Gill Lambert

Join Mark and Gill, for their Skype Poetry Workshops. Suppportive, creative workshops offering prompts for your own writing, sharing and feedback as well as advice for publishing and editing. Whatever your writing experience, get prompts, a push in the right direction.
For more information and to sign up.please email: or
Places are limited so sign up asap to avoid disappointment.

The Short Story Course Online short story course via Skype, facilitated by Mark Connors.

This course will look at various forms of the short story and produce work which will be discussed and workshopped by the participants and the tutor. For more information and to sign up, contact Mark Connors at

Rhyme Challenge

Rhyme Challenge

The Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge has been extended to the end of May 2020. Why not take the challenge as an individual family at

We have recorded the rhymes on our Youtube page at to help you along.

Are you missing your Library Rhymetime? The amazing guys at NCT are taking the Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge online and will be broadcasting on their YouTube channel. The first week’s broadcast is now online

They will be taking the challenge each Wednesday morning at 10am. So don’t forget to pop along!

Useful Reading and learning links to use with children during COVID-19 Pandemic

During the current closure of libraries and schools, as the country tries to cope and tackle the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have listed tried and tested links to useful and fun learning and reading resources for children and young people to use at home.

We will continue to add resources as we assess them, giving you the opportunity to use quality online resources from a variety of organisations and sources.