Libraries & Literature

Connecting our Communities: Libraries

Already demolished that stack of books next to your bed? Bad news; all our libraries are closed right now. Good news; you can still access a huge range of books, audiobooks and magazines.

Read Liverpool is our FREE eReading service, where you can browse and download books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to your phone, tablet or e-reader.

Discover more at the Read Liverpool website.

Read Liverpool: Top Picks for Kids

Read Liverpool: Top Picks for Kids

From nursery rhymes and classic tales to robots and pirates – young readers, come explore Read Liverpool, which features an incredible selection of e-books and audiobooks.

There are over 2,000 titles available, but if you’re looking for a quick head-start, we have picked out a few of our favourite stories for you to discover…

Take a look at our top picks for kids here.

Connecting our Communities: Top Picks from Read Liverpool

Top Picks from Read Liverpool

It’s lockdown, you’re bored and you need to escape reality without leaving your home. “How?” you ask. Here’s where Liverpool City Council’s amazing Libraries and Information Service team come in, along with Read Liverpool – the valuable e-reading platform, available at your own fingertips.

This free resource is so expansive that we needed the help of our own Libraries team to get some top recommendations of what they’re reading on it – discover their top picks here.

Harry Potter at Home

Bringing Hogwarts to You: Harry Potter at Home

The Harry Potter At Home hub is where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied – including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. Unearth the magic here.

Harry Potter At Home Readings

Harry Potter At Home Readings

Some of the best-loved faces from global entertainment, music and sport have lent their voices to the story they love by recording videos of themselves reading the timeless first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone.

Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, Noma Dumezweni, and Eddie Redmayne are amongst the cast of narrators, with more surprises and special appearances from across the Wizarding World and beyond to come. Each will be reading different sections of this iconic book, with its themes of family, friendship, courage and overcoming adversity, to families around the world.

Kicking off the series of video readings will be a face that is instantly synonymous with Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe, will read Chapter One: ‘The Boy Who Lived’.

All seventeen chapters of the book will be released between now and the middle of the summer, starting today with Chapter One on May 5th at 2.15pm BST.

Videos will be posted weekly on, with an audio-only version available for all for free on Spotify for children, parents and carers worldwide to have fun and enjoy listening to these very special, one-off recordings.