John Johnson Collection

One of the many online resources we have available that you might not be too familiar with is the John Johnson Collection which gives a unique insight into everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is an archive of printed ephemera from the Bodleian Library and contains an amazing amount of weird and wonderful pictorial information.

We’ve been having a dig about in the collection, looking at some of the things that have been keeping us occupied during lockdown and found these gems from the past.

We’ve all been trying to get our hands on soap, handwash, hand sanitiser and cleaning products. This advert below lists Bishop’s Pure Drug Co.’s ‘best and cheapest’ disinfectant supplies for combatting infectious diseases –

Special price list of disinfectants from Bishop’s Pure Drug Co., c1880

And after barbers and hairdressers had been closed a few weeks, we were reduced to some DIY haircutting from family members –

Dick Wildfire preparing for a dash – 1812

And when we all decided to keep fit, we took to the bicycle. Would we have been so keen if we had to wear all this?

The three best lady cyclists dress holders – [1890’s]

And of course, when we were finally able to track some flour down, we all took to baking-

Why they all use McDougall’s Self-Raising Flour – [1920s]

Why not have a browse through the intriguing John Johnson Collection yourself and see what you can find. All you need is your library card to access and if you’re not already a member, now’s the time to join!

Are ye dancin’?

If you’ve been dancing around your living room on your own, now you can take inspiration from the many dance companies streaming performances and making classes available online.

Start with the Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School perform Matthew Hart’s Peter and the Wolf, choreographed to Prokofiev’s charming music, as part of the Royal Opera House’s #OurHouseToYourHouse series. For a real classic watch the Krelim Ballet perform Swan Lake.

You can learn more about the history of ballet and find more step-by-step techniques of classical ballet with BBC Arts Origins of Ballet.

If classical ballet is too formal for you and hip-hop or contemporary dance is more your thing – at BBC Arts Hip-Hop Dance and BBC Arts Contemporary Dance here’s your chance to learn some classic moves and the history of hip-hop and contemporary dance.

If all this inspires you, join Royal Academy of Dance teacher and Silver Swans expert practitioner Sarah Platt as she brings her motivational ballet classes directly to you at home. This is the first in a series of classes aimed at the over 55s, giving you the knowledge to unleash your inner dancer, with new sequences to learn and remember each week. Try this as a family!

Scottish Ballet have launched Dance Health and Wellbeing Classes especially for people with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, dementia and other conditions – but the classes are suitable for many of us new to dance.

Sadler’s Wells Take Part series have launched a series of Family Dance Workshops. Although designed for younger children we can all enjoy learning how to balance, move like your favourite animal and dance the way colours make you feel.

Do you love musical theatre? Each Friday Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a musical available to watch for 48 hours to keep us entertained at the weekend. Check out The Shows Must Go On! Tune in tonight, Friday 10 April for Jesus Christ Superstar!

Read another blog post giving staff recommendations for enjoying music concerts online.

Discovering history online

The Edinburgh and Scottish Team at Central Library share some online resources for discovering history and heritage.

Image: David C. Weinczok @TheCastleHunter/ Twitter

Some residents of Stockbridge have been finding novel ways of keeping themselves busy/entertained in these times of social distancing, see above photo, however if you are stuck inside and looking for ideas here are some suggestions with a history and heritage focus.

Let’s start with anniversaries. April is an important month for two monumental events in the history of Scotland. April 6 marked the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath and there is a fantastic radio programme made by Billy Kay to celebrate the document and assess its impact and importance. ‘The Declaration’ was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland this week and is available for one month on the BBC Sounds app. For younger people interested in the document, Historic Environment Scotland and National Records of Scotland have collaborated to produce this excellent free printable illustrated activity booklet.

The second anniversary of note this month is the bicentenary of the Scottish Radical Rising of 1820. We were all very sad to have to have to postpone the wonderful Maggie Craig’s talk at Central Library this month, but we encourage you to check out her great blog and new book on the topic. The aptly titled ‘One Week in April’ is newly published by Birlinn.

For the family tree researchers out there – an exciting development from Edinburgh Libraries has arrived. Free access to Find My Past has been extended to home users for the duration of this lockdown period. This was previously only available at a physical library site. For more information on how to access from home please visit our Your Library website.

The National Library of Scotland maps team have been busy producing this very nifty and useful digital map overlay. This allows you to see a comprehensive range of the maps of Edinburgh and its environs, what they cover and within what time period they were produced.

Now for any budding archaeologists out there (young or old…) Dig Ventures have made a fantastic online learning course available for free (usually costs £49.00!) and the next course begins on the 14 April. Archaelogy Scotland have also produced a handy toolkit of resources too.

The always excellent Battle of Bannockburn Experience has created an online classroom, which may be of interest to those currently partaking in home schooling (- we salute you!)

For those of us that perhaps can’t commit or aren’t interested in a formal learning experience but are really missing being able to go out and enjoy visiting a great museum or gallery, please have a look at these virtual options. A very comprehensive list has been produced by the MCN in the US. There are a great many to choose from all over the planet all free to access and enjoy.

Finally bringing things a bit closer to home and in case you missed it – episode 1 from the BBC Scotland series ‘One Night in the Museum’ was recently aired and available for the next month on BBC iPlayer. It follows three groups of primary school aged children on a journey of discovery as they are able to explore the National Museum of Scotland’s collection at night and free from adult involvement. It is adorable and well worth a watch.

Findmypast give temporary home access to library users

During this period of Libraries’ closure, Findmypast are kindly offering our library members free access to their fantastic family history resource from home.

If you’re interested in accessing Findmypast through Edinburgh Libraries whilst you stay at home, please contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk with your library card number and we can provide login instructions.

David Doull studio portrait of Daniel Gray and his children, 1866. Photograph from Capital Collections

If you’re used to accessing Findmypast in the library you’ll notice that the site looks a little different from usual but you’ll still have full access to the millions of records available via the Library’s subscription.

With access to UK parish records, census records, Irish records and British military records, Findmypast is the ideal resource for making progress with your family history research and many of us also have a bit more time on our hands to take advantage of this brilliant offer.

 

Visiting art exhibitions from your armchair

This blog is written by Bronwen, Librarian in the Art and Design Library.

“Working in the Art & Design Library we are keen to promote access to exhibitions and make a point of collecting catalogues of the major shows around the UK. This year is a little different but with art museums having their virtual doors open we’ve pulled together some of the many online exhibitions and galleries you can visit without leaving home.

Tour some of the world’s greatest galleries with Google Arts and Culture!

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in Google Street View

With Google Arts and Culture you can take virtual tours around some of the best art museums in the world from the British Museum to MoMA in New York to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris – you can zoom in far closer on individual works than you ever could in real life! You can even take a tour of our National Museums Scotland.

Close to home explore the collections of the National Galleries Scotland; explore their featured artists and art works and get some ideas for getting creative.

Catch up with the latest videos from The Royal Academy, London including virtual curator-led tours and artist interviews and explore the Royal Academy collections from home. The Royal Academy Gauguin and the Impressionists was due to open on 29 March: the Royal Academy are bringing a taste of the exhibition to you at home.

Tate Modern may be closed but you can view their series of Online Displays.

Watch an online-only performance by the Congolese choreographer and dance artist Faustin Linyekula in the Tanks at Tate Modern My Body, My Archive is a performance re-invented for the particular situation of this exhibition and its closure to the public. It combines segments of his works Sur les traces de Dinozord 2006, Statue of Loss 2014, Banataba 2017 and Congo 2019.

Image from the Dai Nippon (Great Japan) exhibition on Capital Collections

Ever wanted to get the National Gallery London all to yourself? Now you have a chance with their series of virtual tours. Tours link directly to painting pages where you can find out more information on the art works on display.

Dai Nippon (Great Japan) is an online exhibition of beautiful Japanese prints on Capital Collections. The artworks are taken from the Henry Dyer Collection of amazing artefacts gifted to Central Library by his family.”

Enjoy music concerts online

With concert halls and opera houses closed many orchestras are now entertaining us with streaming channels. The staff of the Music Library have put together some suggestions for listening at home.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra launched their Friday Night Club on the 27 March and are making concerts free to view. Join RSNO at 7.30pm on Friday nights. You can also watch an earlier performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 Eroica recorded in February 2020.

Love opera? Join the Polish National Opera where you can watch performances for free, live and on demand.  The Met Opera are making available nightly opera streams to suit all tastes: watch Rossini’s Barber of Seville or Bellini’s Norma. The Royal Opera House in London have put together classic clips from their Covent Garden home for watching remotely.

For more of a range of musical styles one of our latest favourite sites is Arte Concert – lots of music, concerts and art-related documentaries with a bonus that you can navigate the site in different languages.

This is an ever-updating list of times that various musicians and artists are performing livestreams over various platforms collated by NPR Music.

Classic FM have collated an amazing range of orchestras from across the globe streaming music to keep us entertained: this list is being regularly updated.

If you want to play music, Jess Gillam has started a Virtual Scratch Orchestra for all instruments and abilities. A great way for people to keep playing in a community at a time we physically can’t be there.

Singer and pianist Myleene Klass is giving music lessons from home Myleene’s Music Klass and you don’t need instruments! Myleene with the aid of her daughters is teaching us basic rhythms, teaching the difference between major and minor, and learning about dynamics. Great for all ages!

And don’t forget, your library card gives you access to Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz to stream or download classical and jazz music. No visuals but good for creating your own playlists.

Keep listening. Keep playing. Music has the power to lift our spirits through difficult times.

Read another blog post giving staff recommendations for watching and taking part in dance online – Are ye’ dancing?

Access library services from home

Many of us will be staying indoors over the coming months due to the current health crisis. Edinburgh Libraries provide a range of online services that you can access from home that can help keep you occupied and entertained during these difficult times.

Library2go provides a fantastic range of free ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines that you can use on your tablet, smart phone or computer. Sign in using your Edinburgh Libraries membership number and PIN. Forgotten your PIN? Use our PIN Reset service. Not a library member? Use our online Join the Library service.

Newspapers – get access to your daily newspaper without leaving the house. You can get 250 UK newspapers including the Edinburgh Evening news, The Scotsman, The Herald, Scottish Daily Mail, The Guardian and the Daily Record on our PressReader service.

eBooks – thousands of best-selling books for adults, teens and kids can be found on OverDrive. Read through the OverDrive website your computer or with their brilliant Libby app on a phone or tablet.

Audiobooks – listen to best-selling books with fantastic narrators on our OverDrive, RBdigital, BorrowBox and uLIBRARY sites.These four downloadable audiobook services give you a wide range of adult, teen and children’s titles to choose from.

Magazines –  hundreds of UK and worldwide magazines are available to read through RBdigital and PressReader. So whether you’re in to Hello!, Amateur Gardening, Good Housekeeping, Auto Express, TV Times, BBC Good Food or Amateur Photography we’ve got it covered.

Please pass on this information to anyone you think might benefit from these services who maybe aren’t already members of the library. Or consider helping a relative or friend get started.

There are clear instructions on how to use all these services available from https://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk. Any further questions please contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or phone 0131 242 8047.

Edinburgh’s City Read

This week is Book Week Scotland and we’d like you to join in by downloading our Edinburgh Reads ebook title! Specially picked with our readers in mind, See Them Run by Marion Todd, is a fantastic new crime novel set in Scotland. Download it through the Libby app or OverDrive website and read for free.

In St Andrews someone is bent on murder – but why? On the night of a wedding, one guest meets a grisly end when he’s killed in a hit-and-run. A card bearing the number ‘5’ has been placed on the victim’s chest. The following night number ‘4’ is also struck down. DI Clare Mackay and her team realise they’re against the clock to find a killer stalking the streets of the picturesque Scottish town and bent on carrying out three more murders.

Unlimited downloads are available from 18 November – 1 December, all you need is library membership so you can login with your library card and PIN. Full instructions for using OverDrive can be found on our Your Library website.

 

This autumn’s Big Library Read

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal is this autumn’s Big Library Read and unlimited people will be able to read it from our OverDrive site at the same time from 4th till 18th November. There’s nothing quite like a fantastic young adult novel so join in with the world’s largest digital reading club!

Over the course of one night, two girls with two very different backgrounds must rely on each other to get through the violent race riot that has enveloped their city. Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she’s going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school.

When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren’t friends. They hardly understand the other’s point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they’re going to survive the night.

Readers can join an online conversation about the book at BigLibraryRead.com. All you need is library membership so you can login with your library card and PIN. Full instructions for using OverDrive can be found on our Your Library website.

Libraries Week focus: ebooks

 

Today we’re highlighting our ebook collection for Libraries Week. We have a truly fantastic ebook service at Edinburgh Libraries offering you access to 12,500 titles for adults, teens and kids. You’ll find a wide range of genres in fiction and non-fiction – there’s definately something for everyone!

Our OverDrive system makes it super easy for you to find and borrow books whether through their fantastic Libby app on your tablet or phone or their website on your computer. Some of our favourite things about OverDrive are-

  1. It’s super-easy to get started – just login with your library card and PIN
  2. You can borrow from anywhere – at home, on the bus, or on the beach in Spain
  3. You can change the font / size / background colour to suit your own eyesight
  4. New stock is added twice a month to keep the site fresh
  5. You can borrow ten titles (in addition to your physical loans from the library)
  6. When the library is closed – OverDrive is open! Its like having a library branch in your own home
  7. There is a dyslexic font available
  8. You can access a great range of specialised collections – Reading Well for Mental Health,  LGBT, Bibliotherapy, Read-a-long ebook/audiobooks for children
  9. As well as ebooks there’s audiobooks and comics on OverDrive
  10. You’ll find Polish ebooks and audiobooks available too

OverDrive is incredibly easy to use and you’ll find full user
instructions available on our Your Library website. Or why not pop in to our drop-in sessions at Central Library every Tuesday from 2-3.30pm where you can get help setting up your mobile device and all your questions answered.

Libraries Week focus: eaudiobooks

On today’s Library Week post we are focussing on downloadable audiobooks. Edinburgh Libraries have seen the popularity of this service grow hugely in the last year. And what’s not to love! – they are ideal for the morning commute, the gym or while you’re doing the cooking, housework and DIY.  Eyesight not so good? Then still indulge your love of reading with audiobooks instead.

There are thousands of audiobooks to borrow for free at home from Edinburgh Libraries four downloadable audiobook services.  These give you the widest choice possible of authors and publishers.

Check these out today –

OverDrive – checkout over 2500 adult, teen and child audiobooks with OverDrive. There’s a great range of fiction and non-fiction titles available from bestselling authors including Becoming by Michelle Obama, Transcription by Kate Atkinson and Normal People by Sally Rooney. You can borrow up to ten at a time and either stream over the internet or download on your mobile device or computer on the Libby app.

RBdigital – has a great range of bestselling British authors such as Peter May, Cecelia Ahern, Val McDermid, Peter James, David Walliams and Santa Montefiore. Borrow another five titles here with automatic returns and no fines. 2500 titles to choose from including children’s, teen and adult titles.

Borrowbox – has a super easy to use app and a growing collection of over 1000 adult audiobooks. Some fantastic titles including The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, The Long Call by Ann Cleeves and Cari Mora by Robert Harris

uLIBRARY – our newest service with a growing choice of British authors including Ann Cleeves, Quintin Jardine, Paula Hawkins, M.J.Arlidge & Katie Fforde

Would like a bit of help setting these services up on your phone or tablet? Then bring your device along to our drop-in session every Tuesday on the mezzanine, Central Library from 2-3.30pm and we’ll help you get set up.

 

Digital Drop-ins

Need a wee hand getting started using our Library2go downloadable services? Or its been a while since you used them and you can’t remember the password? Fear not, help is at hand!  Come along to one of our digital drop-ins for friendly, easy to understand help with our downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.

We run the following regular sessions on the Mezzanine, Central Library –

  • Every Tuesday 2-3.30pm
  • Most Fridays 2-4pm (this session running 27 September to 13 December 2019)
  • First Thursday month 10.30am-noon

We’re also running a couple of sessions on a Saturday for those people who find it difficult to make it in during the week –

  • Saturday 12 October 11am-1pm
  • Saturday 12 October  1.30-3.30pm

So come armed with your tablet, phone or laptop and we’ll get you all set-up. Or just bring your questions and we’ll tell you all about our fantastic services!

Join in with our Digital Fun Day – Saturday 12th October

We are finishing off Libraries Week 2019 in style with a Digital Fun Day! On Saturday 12th October you can come along to Central Library’s mezzanine and get help setting up Library2go services on your device or your children can join in with a fantastic range of fun events –

Kids & Teen Events

  • Introduction to Micro:bits with CodeBase Stirling 10.30-11.30am
    Use pocket-sized computers to create simple games (ages 8-15 yrs)
  • Introduction to Coding with CodeBase Stirling 11.30-12.30pm
    Use codecombat to explore coding basics (ages 8-15 yrs)
  • Bee-Bot Robot Fun 1.30-3.30pm (drop-in, no need to book)*
    Program the bees to guide them along paths and mazes (ages 5-10 yrs)
  • Digital Bracelets Craft Event 2-3pm*
    Learn the basics of coding by making binary bead bracelets (ages 7-12 yrs)

* Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Adult Events

  • Library2go Drop-in 11am-1pm and 1.30-3.30pm (drop-in, no need to book)
    Bring your tablet, smart phone or laptop along for help getting set up with the library’s ebook, audiobook, magazine and newspaper services.

All events are free, book your place on Eventbrite –        http://www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk

Contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or – 0131 242 8047 if you have any questions regarding these events.

Don’t like waiting?

Most of us don’t like waiting for things – buses, payday or library books for that matter. Our Library2go ebook and audiobook services generally work like a regular library – when someone has borrowed the book, then its not available until that person returns it. Lately though we’ve seen the addition of quite a few unlimited access titles throughout these services meaning that queuing is sometimes a thing of the past!

OverDrive – Always available ebook titles

A small, but perfectly formed collection of unlimited access ebooks from Canongate publishers is now available on the homepage of OverDrive and Libby, Featuring fiction and non-fiction titles from authors such as Matt Haig, Caro Ramsay, Jess Kidd, Ambrose Parry, Scarlett Thomas and Patricia MacDonald theres something for everyone. OverDrive also run three or more Big Library Read bookgroups a year featuring unlimited ebooks (and sometimes audobooks!).

RBdigital – Always available audiobook titles

You might not know this, but hundreds of the audiobooks available through our RBdigital service as multi-access – so no queues. Enjoy instant access to authors such as Val McDermid, Santa Montefiore, Tony Parsons, Jeffery Deaver, Marian Keyes, Ian Rankin and Jane Fallon. RBdigital can be played on your  phone, tablet or computer.

 

BorrowBox – Campaign titles

A new feature to BorrowBox audiobooks is the addition of campaign titles – so a cracking audiobook that everyone wants to read, available to everyone to download. Our first campaign starts on 23 September and features Peter James’s bestseller Love You Dead.  The book will be available for a month with unlimited access. Visit BorrowBox regularily to look out for new campaign titles!

Information about using our fantastic suite of Library2go downloadable services can be found on our Your Library website.

Digital Magazine and Newspaper Service

From the 1 August we will be supplying your favourite magazines, and most newspapers, in digital format only.

We are doing this because we can offer you a much wider choice of titles from all over the world whilst making best use of our resources.

Woman reading ipad

The online service provides an incredible choice of UK and international newspaper and magazine titles.

RBdigital provides access to quality UK magazines titles. You can read Hello!, Amateur Photographer, BBC Good Food, TV Times, The Week, Amateur Gardening, Good Housekeeping …. and lots more RBdigital Magazine Titles

PressReader provides fantastic choice from thousands of Scottish, UK and International newspapers and magazines. You can read the Daily Mail, Edinburgh Evening News, The Guardian, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Daily Telegraph ….and lots more PressReader Newspaper Titles. PressReader Magazine Titles include Grazia, Computer Active, Auto Car, The People’s Friend and The Scot’s Magazine.

You can use these services anytime, anywhere, read in the library, download to your tablet or phone or stream online.

Laptop and book

For more information please speak to a member of staff at your local library. Full user instructions can also be found at online for magazines and newspapers.

Get ready for the Space Chase!


Edinburgh City Libraries are calling on children across Edinburgh to take part in The Reading Agency’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge, Space Chase!

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Space Chase will see children team up with the futuristic family, the Rockets, for an exciting space mission – tracking down books stolen by a mischievous band of aliens. As part of the challenge, children are asked to borrow and read any six library books over the summer.

Each library book read for the challenge, gains a sticker (some even have mysterious smells) to help children and the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and find the missing books.  There will also be lots of fun and adventure along the way! As well as visiting your local library to borrow books, you can also borrow books online through our OverDrive Kids service – look out for the Space Chase online collection!

To take part in this year’s challenge, come to your local library to sign up and receive your challenge card to keep a record of your Summer Reading Challenge journey. Look out too for events and activities in your local library over the summer holidays to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge.

 

 

This summer’s Big Library Read

Travel through history along with millions of readers during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club! From 17th June – 1st July, book-lovers can borrow LP Fergusson’s harrowing wartime love story, A Dangerous Act of Kindness, from Edinburgh Libraries OverDrive service as an ebook with no waitlists or holds.

A Dangerous Act of Kindness is a beautiful, harrowing love story, perfect for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore. It tells the story of widow Millie Sanger, who finds injured enemy pilot Lukas Schiller on her farm during World War II. Compassionate Millie knows Lukas will be killed if discovered and makes the dangerous decision to offer him shelter from the storm. On opposite sides of the inescapable conflict, the two strangers forge an unexpected and passionate bond. But as the snow thaws, the relentless fury of World War II forces them apart, leaving only the haunting memories of what they shared, and an understanding that their secret must never see light.

The ebook will be available on the home page of Libby/OverDrive apps and the OverDrive website from the 17th June and with unlimited downloads is perfect for discussing with your friends and family. You can also join an online conversation about the book at BigLibraryRead.com and if you use #biglibraryread on social media you’ll be entered into a draw to win a Kobo Aura H20 ebook reader! All you need is library membership so you can login with your library card and PIN. Full instructions for using OverDrive can be found on our Your Library website.

Downloadable travel guides

Are you planning your summer holiday? Why not check out one of our great downloadable ebook travel guides on OverDrive. You’ll find a great range of Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Fodor’s guides to choose from:

Close to home

 

 

 

 

City Breaks

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

 

 

 

Further afield

 

 

 

 

Trip of a lifetime

 

 

 

 

 

You can use OverDrive on your tablet, phone or computer and just login with your library barcode and PIN. Full user instructions can be found on our Your Library website. Once you’ve decided where you’re going remember and select your books from OverDrive for holiday reading – nothing packs lighter than 10 ebooks or audiobooks!

Download a book for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week starts tomorrow and this year’s theme is body image. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of a mental health issue that affects many people so as a community we become comfortable talking about it; become informed about how to support others; and seek help for ourselves.

One way you can support yourself and others is by reading informative support and information books. On the homepage of our OverDrive ebook and audiobook service you’ll find the Reading Well for mental health collection. Based on the Reading Agency’s Reading Well promotion this gives you access to quality information about a range of mental health issues including body image, stress, anxiety and depression. Borrowing online is also a great way to discretely access and read books.

Children and young people may also struggle to ask for help with any issues they are having so on the OverDrive Teen site we’ve created two easy to access collections to provide support with mental health problems. Our Reading Well titles for teens is a growing collection featuring titles on stress, bullying, exams and anxiety.

You’ll also find our Bibliotherapy collection – 100 fiction books to help develop resilience and promote mental well-being in teens. Bibliotherapy is a recognised treatment in medical circles, where it has been found useful to read about other facing similar challenging issues as yourself and see how they approached or overcame their issues. This collection has been developed in conjunction with Edinburgh’s school librarians to replicate physical collections available in high schools.

Just login with your Edinburgh Libraries membership card number and PIN to OverDrive to access these collections – full user instructions can be found on our OverDrive help pages.

Big Library Read – Digital Book Group

We’ll be having another Big Library Read from 1st-15th April on OverDrive! Unlimited people can download the ebook version of this very topical autobiography called  Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung. Read the story of Abu Bakr who along with his family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life, but they moved to Syria – just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone – and eventually found safety in Canada.

The ebook will be available on the home page of the OverDrive website and Libby/OverDrive apps from the 1st April and with unlimited downloads is perfect for discussing with your friends and family. You can join an online conversation about the book at BigLibraryRead.com. All you need is library membership so you can login with your library card and PIN. Full instructions for using OverDrive can be found on our Your Library website.