A quick reminder about our digital services and other learning opportunities

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So much more than just books...

Use it, love it, join it

Bracknell Forest libraries

Free ebooks, audiobooks and digital newspapers and magazines

Have you tried our digital services yet? Download the apps to your smartphone or tablet or go to their website to read, listen, read, learn and enjoy! They're completely free of charge with your library card.

Know someone who isn't a library member?


They can join as a temporary member to access our digital library while we are closed. Family and friends in the Bracknell area just need to email bracknell.library@bracknell-forest.gov.uk requesting digital access with name, telephone number and date of birth. The temporary account can be transferred to full membership after we reopen.

Secrets we kept Borrowbox audiobook



Hundreds of e-books and e-audio books through the Borrowbox app or BorrowBox website. Sign in with your library card number and PIN, choose a title and then select Download to get reading and listening.



RBdigital Hello magazine


All wide selection of e-audio books and e-magazines. Install the RBdigital app or go to the RBdigital website and register an account with your library card number.

The e-magazines include Amateur Gardening, Artists & Illustrators, BBC Easy Cook, The Economist, New Scientist, Good Housekeeping and Web User.



Hundreds of newspapers and magazines via the PressReader App or PressReader website.

Sign in with your library card number, then search through the categories or countries to find a newspaper or magazine that you want to read and tap to read or download.

New sign in period! You will now only need to sign in again with your library card after 60 days to continue using PressReader. PressReader has extended its activation period from 30 to 60 days for all customers while our libraries are closed.

PressReader on a tablet


Download national newspapers such as The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail as well as hundreds of international newspapers and magazines including The Beano, BBC History, BBC Good Food, Grazia, Men’s Health, Red and many more.

No queues!

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We have just added unlimited access to five e-books on BorrowBox, which means you don't have to wait for titles to be returned by other users to check them out for yourself.

If you love crime and thrillers, check out "Spare Me the Truth" by CJ Carver, Book 1 of the Dan Forrester series, "The Girl in the Woods" by Patricia MacDonald, a story with shocking confessions and twists, or "The Holiday" by TM Logan, a psychological thriller about 3 families, 1 killer and just 7 days.

Girl in the Woods on BorrowBox

For historical fiction fans, we have "The Familiars" by Stacey Halls, a tale set in 1600s Lancashire and related to true facts, including an infamous witch hunt.

For children, "The Boy Who Grew Dragons" by Andy Sheperd will hook them to the screen. The first of a new series.

RBdigital also has many audio books which offer simultaneous access.

If a book is on loan to another user you can reserve it for later and you will get an email when it becomes available. We are adding extra copies of BorrowBox titles that are very popular and have long waiting lists. 

Research your family history online from the comfort of home

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With thanks to our partners at Find my Past and Ancestry, access to their services has been temporarily expanded to allow customers to access their services from home while our libraries are closed.

You can research millions of historical records including birth, marriage and death records and military and census records from the comfort of your sofa.

Ancestry library edition

Ancestry - coming very soon. Login to your library account with your library card number and PIN and click on the link to access Ancestry.

Find my Past - please use the form at the bottom of the main libraries page to request access, quoting “Find My Past access from home”

Forgotten your PIN?

If you are already a library member, but don't know your PIN please call either Bracknell, Sandhurst or Whitegrove Libraires. Library contact details.

For the Love of Learning (for Adults)

Never stop learning

Many well-known providers and academies are offering online courses for free or at very cheap prices – they are flexible and cover all possible subjects. Why don’t you try:

  • Future Learn, with thousands of free courses about many subjects
  • The Open University has paid and free courses to choose from. Free courses are on their Open Learn platform
  • Udemy, for very low-price online courses
  • Open Yale Courses: free introductory courses from Yale University teachers 
  • Coursera: free and paid (some quite cheap) courses from top US university teachers
  • Linkedin Learning offers thousands of courses led by instructors with real-world experience. 1-month free trial or £25 a month to access them all

Thousands more MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) can be found on the internet which allow you to learn for free, and they are flexible so can fit around your life. Video platforms like Youtube have free tutorials for learning to bake, draw, sew, try mindfulness – just have a search to see what you can find!

Remembering VE Day

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We’ll be sharing memories of celebrating Victory in Europe Day 75 years ago and following the celebrations in 2020. Keep an eye on our social media to find out more.


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