Free online eBooks, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks and reference titles.

If you are not currently a library member and would like to join so that you can access our online offer, we can provide a digital membership which will let you use a wide range of online services including ebooks, eaudiobooks, digital magazines, comics and newspapers. If you already have full library membership these services are automatically included so you do not need to re-join. (If you are already a member and can't remember your card number and PIN contact the library service by using the Library contact form)

Set up your digital membership on the library website - click Log In, complete the form and submit it. You will then be emailed your temporary membership number, and you can access our digital library services.

Free eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines

Thousands of free eBooks and audiobooks in Ukrainian

In order to provide Ukrainians with a range of free reading, listening, learning and entertainment opportunities, multimedia content provider Odilo launched a free app for both Android app and iOS app in early April. Available across Europe, the app includes 3000 e-books and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including 1,700 Ukrainian titles and 500 in English. There is material for both children and adults and the app is free for both Apple and Android users. 

Dual Language English/Ukrainian Stories for Kids

Clever Creatures —  Do you know which bird teaches its chicks a password? Or which animal goes fishing with a net made of bubbles? Or which creature can escape from a closed jar? Download this book and find out!

Comic Chaos — Carol has drawn the most realistic comic book monster ever — Glob! But is he too real? Carol and her friend, Ned, find they are in a bit of a mess!

Dog Diaries — All Sam has ever wanted is a pet dog but she knows her family cannot afford one. Can she persuade her parents to take on a charity hearing-dog for deaf people?

How to Trek the Himalayas — A steep climb in the mountains. There are ice valleys and snow-covered hills. Anything could be up there — snow storms, landslides, even a Yeti…

Rocket Dog — Craig is desperate for a pet dog but his parents will not allow it. Craig's Grandad decides to make him a robot dog. But will things go according to plan?

Wanda Darkstar — Wanda Darkstar is an Alien Welfare Officer. It's up to her to keep the aliens on Earth a secret from the humans. But Rex Squid has other ideas...

For more information visit the badger learning website.

Selection of learning resources


For students revising at GCSE and A-Level, this site has a wide range of free material, plus paid access to higher level resources.

STEM Resources  

Explore a range of free activities and resources focusing on the STEM curriculum, covering maths, science, computing and design technology for primary and secondary age children. 

Dyslexia online learning help 

A learning package from specialist publishers Barrington Stoke offering advice, information and free resources for parents and carers of children with dyslexia, including tips on reading and links to specialist support.

Oak National Academy  

Lessons and resources suitable for primary and secondary school age groups.

TES Teacher Essentials 

A wide range of free home learning lesson packs for use by parents, carers, and teachers. The packs are presented by year group and cover early years, primary, secondary, and special needs.


Tinkercad App  

This is a free app aimed at teachers and children across primary and secondary age groups, using 3D design, electronics, and coding to imagine, design and create.

Sign up/account required

NASA Kids Club 

Lots of fun activities and resources to help primary school children learn about space.

Puffin Schools 

A huge collection of easy to discover resources to bring stories to life, including bite size activities and new categories such as Writing Prompts, Activity Ideas and Picture Book Packs.

First Palette   

A large collection of free printable resources and craft activities for children, parents and teachers, and great ideas for creative learning activities for early years/primary age children.


Children's creative writing activities led by authors, including a 10-minute creative writing challenge. Suitable for primary and secondary school children.

Sign up/account required


From Spanish to Japanese, learn a language for free via the website or by downloading the mobile app. For primary age children up to adult.

Sign up/account required

BBC Tiny Happy People 

Simple Early Years activities, play ideas and tips for parents to develop their child's communication skills. 

National Literacy Trust Family Zone  

For ages from birth to 12, this site has ideas and guidance on simple activities around reading, writing and language development.

Usborne Play and Learn at Home 

Fun resources, from birth to Eleven years of age

BBC Bitesize  

Free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework.

Bitesize provides support for learners aged 5 to 16+ across a wide range of school subjects. It also supports children and young people's wellbeing and career choices. 


Educational resources that can be used at each step of a child's learning journey from early years to 12+

Home Learning from Stonewall  

Stonewall have launched a set of home-learning packs, covering Frida Kahlo, Different Families, Maths Problems, English Activities, Creativity, and LGBT History.

Cumbria Adult Learning

Learn a new skill or find a new interest with hundreds of online courses to choose from.

Other fun stuff…

Tom Palmer 

Join the author of the popular Football Academy series on his website for stories and other free reading-related fun.


Blue Peter Badges 

Competitions and tasks to win Blue Peter badges


Stories from Cressida Cowell, learn to draw with brilliant illustrators, get ready for Pyjamarama on the 1st of May and many more fun activities centred around books and reading on the Booktrust website.

Cumbria Libraries provides access to digital media from a range of providers. Use of these services are subject to the provider's terms and conditions.  

Cumbria Libraries accepts no responsibility for materials accessed from the provider. 

Parents or guardians are responsible for guiding young people in their use of these services whether these are accessed on the internet or apps.