Online Information Services


It’s important to have access to reliable sources of information, and to this end, Wokingham Libraries have put together a list of websites that provide valuable information on topics such as Law, Government, Money and Health. To find it, go to, scroll down the page and click on the ‘Useful Websites’ link at the bottom.

Here are a few websites that we think you may find particularly useful:  – official website for all government services  – official government website giving access to all UK legislation  – find the right Ombudsman to deal with your complaint  – local health services advice about common illnesses  – advice on a range of money issues

Children’s Books on RB Digital

We have collections of eBooks and eAudiobooks for children and young adults available on RB Digital (, featuring top authors like David Walliams, Jeff Kinney, Roald Dahl, Malorie Blackman, J K Rowling and many more.

To see a complete list of the available titles, go to the home page and look at the first two ‘bookshelves’ – one is for eBooks and one is for Audiobooks. Pick the one you want to search, and click on the ‘Explore’ button on the right. Next, click the ‘View All’ button on the white background in the top right. This brings up all the books in this format, so then click on the ‘Filter’ button, then ‘Audience’ and then select either ‘Children’ or ‘Young Adult’ from the drop-down list.

You can also look at the ‘National Shelf Service’ bookshelves on the home page – these are collections, in eBook and in Audio, of the books we hold which have been recommended by librarians as part of the National Shelf Service scheme which has been running during lockdown.


Religion and Spirituality magazines/newspapers on Pressreader


UK publications on Pressreader:

The Church of England Newspaper is an independent Anglican weekly newspaper. Based in London, it is published in the United Kingdom on Fridays.

Spirit and Destiny Magazine is packed full of top psychics, horoscopes, astrology, guardian angels, holistic health, and inspiring affirmations.

Under the Religion and Spirituality category on Pressreader you will also find related publications from across the world, and in a variety of languages.

Your library membership number gives you complimentary access here

If you are not a library member you can apply for library membership online at for instant access



Hi VIS Fortnight 1 – 14 June


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For our visually impaired readers, Wokingham Libraries can provide access to books, newspapers, magazines, comics and music at home, via our online services.

We have got audiobooks you can download and listen to, available on RB Digital (, and until the end of July, also on Ulverscroft (

Also on RB Digital, we have ebooks and comics. Once you have downloaded and opened a book, you can make it easier to read by tapping the ‘wheel’ icon at the top left of the screen – this gives you the chance to: change the page layout, including altering the brightness; changing the text settings, including increasing the text size, changing the font and widening the line spacing; and altering the themes, which lets you change the text colour and the background colour to make the text more visible.

For the comics, you can increase the size of the pictures and text by pinching your fingers in the centre of the screen and drawing them outwards across the screen. Also, tapping the screen brings up the option, at the bottom of the screen, to adjust the brightness.

On Pressreader (, you can access newspapers and magazines. Again, you can increase the size of the page by pinching your fingers in the centre of the screen, then drawing them outwards – this will increase the size of the text. Or you can listen to the text instead of reading it – tap on the page, then on the 3 dots in the top right of the page, and tap on the ‘Listen’ option from the drop-down list that appears.

We also have Freegal (, which lets you download or stream music. You can listen for up to 3 hours a day, and download 3 tracks to keep each week. 

When we are able to re-open our libraries, we have stock specifically for visually impaired users. All our libraries hold a selection of large print books, and also spoken word books on CD. Our larger libraries also hold some spoken word books on cassette – these aren’t produced any more, but we’ve kept a collection for people who still prefer them.



Entertainment on Pressreader and RBdigital


To keep in touch with what is happening in the worlds of music and film, you will find lots of magazines – for example, Total Film, Empire, Mojo and Q, among others – that you can download and read for free via our Pressreader site (

Or you could visit our RB Digital site (, where you will find biographies of Elton John, Benedict Cumberbatch, Miranda Hart, Sarah Millican, and more.


Local Living magazines from Pressreader


These local living magazines highlight the best of your area – things to do, events and lifestyle information, food and drink, celebrity interviews and travel. Why not explore your favourite holiday destination too, and keep up to date with local news and life.

Berkshire Life read how Berkshire has shown solidarity during the coronavirus outbreak, and 25 memories to make at home

Hampshire Life Hampshire related films and tv to watch during the lockdown, and 10 top gardening tips while self-isolated or social distancing

Cotswold Life 9 podcasts based in the Cotswolds, and a look at the Cotswold Way in its 50th year

Dorset Magazine Read about Harry and Sandra Redknapp’s Sandbanks lockdown, and 6 of the best secret beaches in Dorset

Devon Life 5 things to love about East Devon, and an interview with Sue Barker

Cornwall Life Explore ancient harbours, and a look at the South West Coast Path

Your library membership number gives you complimentary access to all these digital magazines and many more from the UK and worldwide. Visit

Not a library member? Apply for library membership online at for instant access.


Sport on Pressreader and RBdigital

If you’re missing your fix of live sport, we can at least give you something to take your mind off it. By signing up for a PressReader account (, you will have free access to a selection of sports magazines, including ‘Four Four Two’ and ‘World Soccer’ for football fans, Rugby World, Golf Monthly, Autosport and Boxing News, among others.

You can also go to our RB Digital site (, where you will find ‘How Football (Nearly) Came Home’, about the 2018 World Cup, ‘The National Team’, about the England women’s football team, as well as biographies of sports stars such as Lewis Hamilton, Anthony Joshua, Eddie Jones, Stephen Hendry, and others.


Barrington Stoke – dyslexia publisher offers free homeschooling resources


Barrington Stoke works with the best writers and illustrators to publish super-readable, accessible books that help every child experience the joy of reading.

“We know that finding the resources for homeschooling can be overwhelming and time-consuming, so we’ve created a pack to help you tackle homeschooling with dyslexic children or young people.

Filled with expert advice, free resources and useful links for parents and carers, we hope this pack can be a helping hand in this difficult time.”

Go to for your free pack.

You can also now chat with the Barrington Stoke team. They are available online 11am-1pm every weekday to help with any query or offer book recommendations for any reader.

Simply head to their website and click chat.


Railway digital magazines available free!


Did you know you can read railway magazines FREE from our e-magazine system Pressreader?

Your library membership number gives you complimentary access here

If you are not a library member you can apply for library membership online at for instant access

Rail Express magazine is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiast. It has the latest news from Britain’s railways, superb photographs of traction in action and a comprehensive scale models guide.

Rail magazine is Britain’s biggest-selling modern railway magazine. Bringing you news, comment and analysis from the rail industry.

Steam Railway magazine is the world’s biggest-selling steam news magazine, written by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and is 100% steam – no diesels, no electrics – and features the very best in steam railway photography.

Model Rail magazine is packed full of inspiration and ideas for model railway enthusiasts. It is the go-to publication to answer all your modelling questions, give in-depth step-by-step demonstrations and inspire your layouts.

Heritage Railway magazine is full of interesting news from the world of steam railway preservation.

Signposts to mental health support for children and young people and their parents/ carers from Wokingham Borough Council, Public Health Team

WebSignposts to mental health support For children and young people and their parents/ carers      

List curated by Wokingham Borough Council, Public Health Team

Coronavirus: Help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing information –

Children and Young People needing urgent help

Young Minds – Get Urgent Help – If you need support in a crisis you can text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you experiencing a mental health crisis. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Childline – call, chat online or email – Whether you’re worried about something that’s happened, your mental health or anything else in your life, it can really help to talk to someone you trust.

Children and Young People Coping with Mental Health Issues

Childline – getting help – Just like our physical health, we all need to look after our mental health. Talking about things might feel tough, but childline are here to help you cope. 

Young Minds – find help – Whether you want to know more about how you’re feeling, get information about a mental health condition or know what support is available to you, Young Minds guides can help.

Mind – for better mental health – We understand mental health and wellbeing. We’re here if you need us for support and advice. We help everyone understand mental health problems, so no one has to feel alone.

Kooth – Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Online counselling, emotional well-being platform for children and young people. 

Place 2 Be – Mental health support for under 18s

Rise Above – My Mind – We’ve got tips on gaining confidence, blasting anxiety and general life stuff from the people who’ve been there. Remember, we’re in this thing called life together.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service – Oxford Health NHS Foundation TrustUseful resources – useful links, good reads, cool apps and videos

Coronavirus and Mental Health for young people

Coping guides for children, young people and families – To support the wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic, three concise guides for parents and carers and for children and young people themselves have been created. The guides list some of the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help children and young people and their families to cope with life under lockdown. 

Coronavirus and Mental Health – Tips, advice and guidance of where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Children’s society – coronavirus information and supportFeeling anxious or overwhelmed is completely understandable at a time like this, especially if you are struggling with mental health or acre concerned about someone with a physical illness. Our mental and emotional health resource vault is full of advice on issues that may be worrying young people.

Children’s commissioner – Children’s guide to coronavirus

Anna Freud – National Centre for Children and Families – Supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption

ThinkNinja – App – Empowering children and young people to build resilience, manage their emotional health and to fulfil their potential. ThinkNinja has been updated with specific COVID-19 content.

For parents worried about a child of young person’s behaviour or mental health

Parents Helpline – Young Minds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25. You may have questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional wellbeing, or mental health condition. You may have a child who’s already referred to CAMHS and have questions about their treatment, or want to know what to say to our GP when you visit them.

Young minds –  Activity ideas, conversation starters and advice to make talking easier and help you and your child. This page also contains advice on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their wellbeing.

Mind – for better mental health – For parents, carers or guardians supporting a young person. You might be worried about a young person’s mental health, supporting a young person who’s living with a mental health problem, or looking for support for yourself. This includes how to look after yourself if you are supporting someone else, or helping someone else seek help. It also includes a guide to parenting with a mental health problem.

MindEd – A free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults

Place 2 Be – improving children’s mental health – What to do if you’re worried about your child or young person

Education DESTY (Discovering Exceptional Strengths and Talents in You) – How can I help my child with anxiety? DESTY Island Emotional Resilience programme available in the resources section.

Guides for talking to your child/ young person about Coronavirus

Young Minds – Supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic – Tips, advice and where to get support for your child’s mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

British Psychological Society – Division of Clinical Psychology – Talking to children about illness.

Unicef – How to talk to your child about Coronavirus: 8 tips to help comfort and protect children.

Child Mind Institute Talking to kids about the coronavirus

National Association of School Psychologists – Helping children cope with changes resulting from COVID-19

Zero to Three – early connections last a lifetime – Tips for families on supporting pre-school children.

Place 2 Be – improving children’s mental health – Supporting children who may be especially vulnerable during times of uncertainty

National Deaf Children’s Society – COVID-19 support for deaf children.

National Autistic Society – resources for autistic people and families – A series of useful resources that autistic people and their families can use during this time of changes.

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Coronavirus and helping children with autism.

Brainpop – Coronavirus – It can be scary to hear about a disease outbreak, but learning the facts can help ease your mind. 

Stories about Coronavirus for children

A coronavirus social story – the autism educator– A free Coronavirus social narrative to help alleviate fears and anxiety many children may be experiencing at this time.

Carol Gray – social story – A social story about pandemics


Coronavirus – a book for children from Nosy Crow books –  A digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.

Coronavirus story for children –  A Coronavirus story to try and help explain Coronavirus to children

Covibook– Designed for children under the age of 7. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.

How to wash your hands

When talking to children and young people about Coronavirus, explain what is being done to keep them and their loved ones safe, including any actions they can take to help, such as washing their hands

Healthy lifestyle

Change 4 Life recipes– Quick and easy family meals and ideas for healthier dinner recipes. The page also includes ideas for breakfast and lunch, and weekly meal planners.

Change 4 Life Indoor Activities for Kids– Indoor children’s activities and games for them to play so they can still get the activity they need even when they cannot get outside

Children’s commissioner – Resources for parents during coronavirus

Emotional Wellbeing

When the tension goes– When you’re not feeling great about something, or someone, or about yourself, here are some things you can do to feel a bit better.

Parenting Support

Coping guides for children, young people and families – To support the wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic, three concise guides for parents and carers and for children and young people themselves have been created. The guides list some of the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help children and young people and their families to cope with life under lockdown.

Parenting through Coronavirus – for those who are pregnant or have children under 5 – You may have concerns in relation to your pregnancy or your children. You may be wanting to access helpful parenting information. The institute of Health Visiting is dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of all families and we are putting together links and resources from trusted organisations and websites to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NHS One You – Every Mind Matters – Looking after children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak – How a child or young person reacts to the coronavirus outbreak may depend on their age, past experience or understanding of what’s happening

Contact – for families with disabled children– Important information about COVID-19 for families with disabled children

NSPCC – handle with care– How to keep your baby safe – keeping your cool, how babies like to be held, coping with crying, who can I talk to?, we’re here for you every day of the year.

Institute of Health Visiting Parent Tips  – Coping with a crying baby during the COVID-19 pandemic

Family Action – Family Line – Family pressures can sometimes be difficult to manage without emotional support and guidance to help. Our free FamilyLine service tackles these issues in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18 through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message.

Family lives confidential helpline (previously Parentline) – We build better family lives together. Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service for families, providing emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life.

Gingerbread – single parent, equal families – The charity supporting single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives. One Parent Families/Gingerbread is the leading national charity working to help lone parents and their children.

Grandparents Plus – Grandparents Plus is the only national charity dedicated to supporting kinship carers – grandparents and other relatives raising children who aren’t able to live with their parents.

Relate – Relate have put together some advice and tips for keeping relationships healthy during self-isolation and social distancing. Related has increased the availability of highly trained counsellors to support everyone’s relationships during this unprecedented time.


Childhood Bereavement Network – Supporting grieving children during the outbreak