Monday 12 October 2020

The British Council has launched its globally renowned digital library in Nigeria. This is part of the organisation’s efforts to make educational and entertainment resources available to all. The initiative is aimed at restoring and encouraging a reading culture among Nigerians by facilitating self-paced and convenient learning. Access to the Digital Library will be free for 3 months for every registered member.

As a member of the Digital library, you will have access to world-class resources at the tip of your fingers, from online study resources and academic journals to popular eBooks and audiobooks, award-winning movies and documentaries, magazines and newspapers, comics and graphics novels from around the world and learning resources to develop your skills.

Lucy Pearson, Country Director Nigeria and West Africa Lead, British Council had this to say about the innovative venture:

‘For many years the British Council has been renowned all over the world for its libraries and the closure of our physical libraries in Nigeria was sad for us. I am delighted today to see the launch of our new British Council Digital Library which will give access to thousands of entertainment and educational resources to all Nigerians regardless of their geographical location within Nigeria. This will bring digital reading and learning through an easy to access the platform directly to your computers and smartphones. Furthermore, we are offering free access to the platform for 3 months. I hope Nigerians sign up to this unique opportunity’

The free subscription to the library gives members access to over 100,000 scholarly e-books, tens of thousands of premium e-books, over 1,200 online learning resources, newspapers and magazines as soon as they published all over the world (main titles include Hello, Cosmopolitan magazine etc), comics ranging from marvel, Disney and all your favourite comic authors,  over 200 live theatres, film, opera, dance, and music productions from the BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company and also curriculum-linked educational resources, including interviews with industry professionals, study guides and workshops and so much more. The library also provides access to numerous IELTS preparation content to support test-takers

The British Council Digital library can be accessed via a browser or an app on the android and IOS devices. To be a member, users will be required to register after which they can explore the best of collections from the UK and around the world.

To discover the various ways you can read, borrow or learn, subscribe via link.

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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.