Issues Online – free information website


Issues Online provides teachers and students with a safe, reliable place to explore today’s most important social issues. It contains hundreds of articles, infographics, videos, assignment ideas and eBooks on topics ranging from human rights and domestic violence to drugs and alcohol.

It is a cross-curricular resource, used most extensively by teachers and students of KS3 and KS4, for subjects such as PSHE, Citizenship, RE, English, Geography, Sociology and Extended Project Qualification.

Key features of Issues Online :

Articles Charities and organisations such as Amnesty International, NHS Choices and the World Health Organisation work with Issues Online to license articles that present different perspectives surrounding a topic. There are over 2,000 articles available, all of which are regularly updated to ensure that content remains current.

Videos For each topic, where appropriate, a selection of videos is embedded. These videos allow students to explore topics in a visual way.

Key Statistics Current information is broken down into the form of graphs, infographics and maps – presenting complex statistics in an easy-to-understand format.

eBooks The full catalogue of issues eBooks are available on the website. They are presented as flip-books, in full colour, with the ability to zoom in and out.

You can access the website through any tablet, desktop computer or mobile device using your library card number at or follow the link at


Online magazines available from libraries


Our e-magazine service offers you a wide range of magazines which you can read online or download to read on your computer, tablet, phone or e-reader. You can choose from over 40 titles, covering current affairs, sport, film, hobbies and much more. As well as the current issue, back copies are also available.

There is no limit to the number of magazines you can borrow at any one time, and no limit to the length of time you can keep them for.

Download the RBdigital app, (which is available through the Apple store and Google Play store) and set up an account selecting Wokingham Borough Libraries. Enter your library membership number and create a password, then enjoy browsing the magazines. We have well-known titles such as The Economist, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Hello!, Homes and Gardens, Marie Claire, New Scientist, Woman’s Own, and TV Times…

For more information and frequently asked questions visit the RBdigital website help section.



Gateway to the internet – our definitive links to reference websites

Document[1]As an alternative to a traditional book-based reference service, we have put together a list of links to a number of reference websites.

These sites provide free and reliable information on a range of topics, such as Law, Government, Business Information, Finance and Health.

We also provide free access to a website called Issues Online, which covers information issues like drugs, citizenship and global issues. This is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18, and can be accessed at home using your library card bar number.

These weblinks can be found via the Wokingham libraries online reference material webpage



Ziptales – Making reading FUN!


Have you heard of Ziptales? Are you a parent with a child aged between 4 – 12 years? Do they enjoy reading? Or do they struggle?

We have an exciting and fun way for your children to LOVE reading! The resource is called Ziptales, and consists of 500+ interactive online stories and activities designed to help make reading fun.

All of the e-Book stories include voice overs (which you can switch on or off), animations, fun printable worksheets, games and much more.

It’s a wonderful way to help any child struggling to read, or a great way to help extend children who are already reading well.

Most importantly – it’s FREE!

Log in to Ziptales online via to get started and select Wokingham. You can access online from your Wokingham Borough Library, or at home (with your library card) via any device including computers, laptops, iPads and tablets. A2.indd