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Books Online

Today we have our final post about the fantastic resources that are provided through Edinburgh Libraries – Books Online!  See previous posts on Mathletics and Spellzone to learn more.

Edinburgh Libraries was recently involved in the 1:1 ICT Project with Edinburgh primary and secondary schools. The trial of using tablets within schools to deliver digital learning fitted perfectly with the libraries free Library2go services. The Overdrive and OneClickdigital apps for ebooks and audiobooks were installed on the tablets and provided a meaningful way to deliver on-line learning tools.

Overdrive gives free access to hundreds of fiction and non-fiction ebooks for children and teens. It’s free, easy to use and available 24/7. Wendy French from Sciennes Primary School said “I used Overdrive on the class iPads and the children really loved it. Personally I thought it was also a great tool to use with my dyslexic pupils. With the audiobooks we could explore genres and get them excited about books. Then I introduced ebooks and having the ability to change the font size, line spacing and page colour really made it easier for them to read”.

There is something engaging about the process of choosing books online that can really help children get interested in reading. The fact that you can also browse the website in a high contrast viewing option for the visually impaired and format the book text also means its perfect for many children needing support for learning. To find out what titles are available and how to use at school and at home visit the Your Library Teachers Zone.


Teacher at the Keycomm Resource Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Love my wee family, my cats, my friends. Passionate about inclusive education, nice red wine and travelling.

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