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Borrow Box

Online app

Borrow Box

What to do with this activity?

Borrow Box is a free online service that is offered by Libraries Ireland. It allows you to download online e-books and audio books, both for adults and children.

First you need to join your local library in Ireland. Library membership is free. If you are not already a member you can join online by filling in a form here.

Once you have your library card and number, you can download the Borrow Box app to your personal computer, or Apple/Android mobile device and choose an ebook or audio book to download and borrow. If you find this difficult, have a look at the PDF attachment top right of this page for more information. 

Enjoy exploring this world of books with your child. We recommend that you encourage your child to read hard copies of books and magazines when you can. However, on screen or audio book options are great too.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
    Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing. 

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