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Schools Library Services eBooks platform

Now searchable by Accelerated Reader levels!

All subscribing schools can use our eBook lending service.  To receive logins to your accounts, please contact the schools library service. Following the link will allow you to view our eBook stock.

We are now part of the London Schools Library Services eBook consortium, meaning that schools have access to an even wider range of eBooks.

Why use our platform?

  • eBook platforms are expensive for schools to set up. Why not use a ready made platform that comes as part of your subscription to our service?
  • No annual running costs or minimum spend requirements on new books
  • No admin worries. Send us your reader data and we will upload it
  • Books selected for their suitability for primary and secondary schools

Access to the platform at no additional cost is available to:

  • Primary schools with a whole-school subscription to the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services (e.g. Silver or Gold lending package)
  • Secondary schools subscribing to the current creative literature package

Other schools may pay an additional subscription for the eBooks package

About the ePlatform

Provided via the Wheelers platform, the current collection comprises of popular fiction for ages 9/10 and upwards, many chosen from previous years’ Teen Booklists and Must Reads booklists.

  • The platform is intended for staff and pupils to have direct access to the collection as a 24/7 library
  • The age range of the books is for primary school year 5 up to sixth form
  • Books unsuitable for younger readers are age restricted*
  • Teachers and librarians can use the collection to keep up-to-date with new children’s and young adult fiction.
  • Up to 2 eBooks can be borrowed at a time
  • eBooks are ‘loaned’ for 2 weeks at a time
  • Books can be read online on a PC or downloaded to an eBook reader or any tablet.  Please note that Kindle readers are not compatible, but Kindle Fire tablets are
  • Borrowing and downloading support is available on the platform site

Teachers interested in using the platform with their school should contact Jacob Turner at the Schools Library Service.

jacob.turner@towerhamlets.gov.uk

020 7364 6428

*Age restrictions are applied by librarians at the schools library services managing the eBooks platforms. Restrictions are based purely on our own judgement and may not be in line with your own views.

How to start using the platform

  1. Browse the collection and make a decision as to how you wish to use it in your school. Do you want all pupils and staff to have access, or are you going to use it to support smaller reading groups?
  2. Register your staff and pupil users. Email this completed spreadsheet to jacob.turner@towerhamlets.gov.uk
  3. We will contact you to go over essential details about using the platform
  4. Start reading!

Advice and support

Advice on how to implement eBooks and eResources in your school, including:

  • Two free user groups each term
  • Choosing an appropriate platform
  • Inclusion and support, including looking at special educational needs
  • How eBooks can be used in the classroom
  • Legal and copyright questions answered!

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