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Free Online Learning Resources: Books and Magazines

In this LibGuide you will find access to free learning source available to schools during the home learning period.

Links to Books

On this page you will find access to links to free online books. 

Free access to Audible

For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.

It's that easy - click on the icon above. 

Sync Audiobooks for Teens (13yo +)

Sync Audiobooks for Teens (13yo +) is running again this year.  Two audiobooks are available for free download each week for 13 weeks. There are some great titles to listen to! You can click on the attachments to find out more about the programme and the titles available including the dates they will be released. These audiobooks are for personal download only so you will need to download on your own personal devices. Follow the instructions below to set up:
For more information click HERE (What is Sync?, List of available titles and release dates, posters, bookmarks, etc). 
1. Register for SYNC 2020 at

2. Set up Sora.
i. Download Sora from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
ii. Open Sora and tap I have a setup code (at the bottom of the screen).
iii. Enter this setup code: audiobooksync.
iv. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.
v. Tap Explore (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles [SYNC 2020 starts April 30]

Pearson / Edexcel Free digital books GCSE & A Level (Available until 30 June 2020)

Pearson Active Learn are providing free online access to digital versions of all our International GCSE and International A Level and students in Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan) until 30th June 2020. 

To log in, click on the box above and use the following Username and Password:
Username: IS2020sample       Password: Welcome123

If the above link does not work please click here: Free eBooks 

For more information about Pearson click here

Gale EBooks

Gale EBOOKS are available fo students until 30 June 2020

To access these books use the following password:

Password: focus


Free access to 10 Top Magazines

Go to Exact Editions homepage


In an effort to assist schools during the current COVID-19 pandemic,
Exact Editions have partnered with 8 publishers to offer schools free access to the
digital archives of their magazines until the 1st of October, 2020.
The participating magazines are:
Chemistry World | New Internationalist | Geographical 
Prospect | The Biologist | Resurgence & Ecologist | BBC History Magazine
BBC Music Magazine | BBC Science Magazine | The World Today


To log in using your six digit library card number please follow the steps below.

1. Visit our login page:

2. Select the “library card” option in the top right-hand corner.

3. Enter your 6 digit code into the “card number” bar and log in.

The six digit code for Sha Tin College is 805308.



British Library

Discovering Children's Books

A free online resource for primary school children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages, the site explores the history and rich variety of children’s literature, drawing on inspiring material from medieval fables to contemporary picture books.

Over 100 treasures are waiting to be found, including messy sketchbooks, scribbled manuscripts, dummy books and story boards by renowned authors and illustrators including Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Jacqueline Wilson, Kenneth Grahame, Judith Kerr, John Agard, Quentin Blake, Axel Scheffler, Lauren Child, SF Said, Zanib Mian and Liz Pichon.  You’ll also discover some of the earliest printed works created for a young readership and an array of movable, miniature, noisy and toy books, propaganda stories, comics, poems and fairy tales.

For the writers and artists of the future, the resource offers a bank of creative activities that will encourage children of diverse abilities and interests to work on their own stories, poems, illustrations, miniature books, graphic novels and more. Users might create their own comics; invent a superhero; write a nonsense dictionary; make a pop-up book; develop an imaginary school; create a recipe book or a city guide.

The site includes films showing illustrators at work in their studios, including Axel Scheffler’s masterclass on how to draw a Gruffalo. Plus there are interviews with authors and illustrators such as Quentin Blake, Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Lauren Child, Andy Stanton, Zanib Mian, Joseph Coelho, Jacqueline Wilson, Viviane Schwarz and SF Said, revealing their creative processes, memories of childhood reading and tips for budding writers and artists.

Discovering Children’s Books was created in partnership with Newcastle University, Seven Stories, the Bodleian Library (University of Oxford) and the V&A.

The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown



Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.