Online for kids

With a Randwick City Library membership, younger members can access some great online tools to help learn new skills or research a school assignment. The interactive online tutoring and fun games will develop literacy, numeracy and coding skills too!

For a list of all of our online resources, check out our A-Z listing of databases.

Coding Resources

For Library Members

Coding books from our collection Click to access
Coding items from our Toy & Game Library collection Click to access
BusyCode Click to access

BusyCode introduces children aged 6 to 11 to coding, teaching them the fundamentals of how to create, run and debug simple programs. Designed as a lead into programming platform Scratch, kids have fun making Beard Man walk and dance. Working through tutorials, challenges and projects at their own pace, they'll progress through five areas, each increasing in difficulty.

CoderZ Click to access

CoderZ is an online educational tool enabling 9 to 17 year olds to explore STEM concepts - and have fun at the same time - by coding virtual 3D robots. Students will write, test and evaluate their code while solving problems from the real world, enabling them to acquire computational thinking, problem solving skills and learn coding as a life skill.

Other Online Coding Resources

Code.org Click to access

Not-for-profit Code.org is dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. The Code.org vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org curriculum and course content is available completely free worldwide.

CoderDojo Click to access

CoderDojo is a global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people aged 7 to 17. The people behind the CoderDojo movement believe that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so. Visit their website to check out some fun coding projects

Code Club Australia Click to access

Code Club Australia is a nationwide network of volunteer-led coding clubs with a mission to get kids aged 8 to 15 coding. A charity with the aim of giving every child the skill, confidence and opportunity to shape their world, all Code Clubs are free to join, and are supported by volunteers, parents, educators and partners. Code Club events run throughout the year at Randwick City Library. Search our events calendar for details.

Reading Resources

Borrowbox Click to Access

Featuring Australian and international best-selling fiction for adults, young adults and children, titles can be enjoyed on the computer or downloaded to a supported portable device. Reserve or borrow up to 10 eAudiobooks every 2 weeks and up to 10 eBooks every 2 weeks.

You can also access BorrowBox using the BorrowBox mobile app on your Apple or Android device. If you don't already have the app you can download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. For more information, access the BorrowBox Help page.

Libby, by Overdrive Click to Access

Libby, by OverDrive provides access to thousands of best-selling and classic eAudiobooks and eBooks. OverDrive digital titles can be enjoyed on the computer or on supportive portable devices. Once a title is downloaded it will be accessible for up to three weeks. You can also download and access OverDrive using the mobile app Libby on your Apple or Android device. For more information, access the OverDrive Help and Technical Support page.

StoryBox Click to Access

StoryBox Library is Australia's newest online resource that showcases Australian children's books, read by a diverse range of storytellers. Our growing library provides an authentic online literature experience that engages children in the traditional art of storytelling. New stories are added regularly, along with detailed classroom ideas linked to the Australian Curriculum.

Learning Resources

Britannica Online Click to Access

Continuously updated resource database prepared by scholars and experts in their fields. Full text searchable, provides information at different reading levels as well as images, maps, videos and audio files.

BusyThings Click to access

BusyThings has over 120 online learning games for 3 to 11 year olds. Fun educational activities that help develop literacy and numeracy skills.

Studiosity Click to access

Free online tutoring available for students in years 3 to 12 in the following subjects: Maths, Science, English, Study Skills and Assignment Research. Their online study help service has a brand new feature just for essay and writing help providing  24/7 writing feedback. Students are able to upload a draft of their essay or writing assignment and receive expert feedback in less than 24 hours. Real-time online support is available Sunday to Friday 3pm - 10pm.

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