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Free Access to Online Newspapers and Online Magazines

Are you a pupil/student, teacher or school librarian looking for information? As an individual member of the Hertfordshire Library Service you are entitled to free access to our online newspaper and magazine service which are great for providing information for learning as well as reading for pleasure. Some of the topics you may wish to search for include Business News, IT and Technology, Science, Social Care and Health, Politics, Fashion, Art, History, Cookery to name but a few.

Online Newspapers
Daily papers can be accessed as well as a range of magazines for leisure and news via a service called Press Reader. This provides access to over 7000 UK and international digital newspapers and magazines, including instant translation in up to 18 different languages for most articles. Some examples of useful publications include the Guardian newspaper which has regular columns on National News, World News, Financial News and Sport. There is a magazine called “Car Mechanics” available for anyone studying motor mechanics, “Mother and Baby” magazine for childcare students or “BBC Good Food” for Food Technology.

The papers can be read via your browser or downloaded to read on your device, a tablet or smartphone via the Press Reader App or you can access them via the library website - and read through your browser:

As a quick guide, once you have opened the Press Reader App you will see a search box at the top or you can click on publications at the bottom of the app. The audio narration function can be used to listen to many magazines and newspaper articles. Newspapers display well on a tablet and can be printed off.

Online Magazines.
These are provided by RBDigital with access to over 130 titles:

There are many useful magazines in subject areas with titles available such as History, Newsweek, Popular Science, The Economist and Computer Active to name but a few. Top tips for searching? When searching for a magazine in RDigital, why not search under genre to retrieve eg: all of the available magazines on Computing.
Please do take advantage of these useful resources, if you need help with either one of these then library staff will be able to give you a hand. If you are not a library member then please visit your local library and sign up or visit our website:

Author Terri Moss Contact No 07812 324111
Librarian, Service Development and Projects

Hertfordshire Public Libraries

General Information:


Visually Impaired Collection

This collection of large print books and audio books is now administered by:

Visual Impairment Team
Specialist Advisory Service
The Woodside Centre
The Commons
Welwyn Garden City
Telephone: 01707 320697 
Fax: 01707 339151

External Organisations

School Library Association (SLA)
CILIP (including School Libraries Group)
National Literacy Trust (including Schools Network)
The Reading Agency (including Summer Reading Challenge & Chatterbooks reading groups)

Neighbouring Schools Library Services

SLS Map on SLA web site
Neighbouring Schools Library Services (click name for web site):


Here are contact details for some of the trainers and consultants who have been regular visitors to SLS over the years:

Lynne Brent (display workshops) - lynnebrent@hotmail
Helen Bromley (literacy speaker, trainer and writer) -
Anne Harding (libraries, reading and learning)
Paul Johnson (literacy through the book arts)

Karen Storms, librarian
Smart Librarian Services

Book Information Online

Books for Keeps (online magazine – articles & reviews)
Achuka (children’s book blog – links to reviews etc.)

Some Useful Publications

Carousel (termly magazine – articles & reviews)
The School Librarian (SLA quarterly magazine)

Book Supply

Peters (library suppliers)
Davids Bookshop, Letchworth

Other suppliers such as Kent Book Company, Askews etc.

Library Furniture

Graham Phillips (Equipment Officer, Hertfordshire Business Services)
01707 292331

Class space furniture(library shelving and other furniture)

(Note: Crossbrook has a contract for library furniture for Hertfordshire schools so orders should be placed via Graham Phillips to obtain discount)

Peters furniture

Specialist Library Equipment Suppliers


Library Management Systems

Capita Reading Cloud
Softlink (Alice & Oliver)


(Links current at 8th April 2019)