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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.
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 13 to the basics of Scratch coding, teaching them to create, run and debug simple programs, becoming familiar with repeat loops, conditionals, events and variables while having fun making Beard Man do their bidding. Working at their own pace through projects that grow ever more challenging, kids can play Code Disco! (where they instruct Beard Man to dance, move by move) or Beard Man Adventures (where they direct Beard Man through exciting challenges to get to the treasure and escape). Click for an overview
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. Click for an overview
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.
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 and up to 10 eBooks every 3 weeks.
You can also access BorrowBox using the BorrowBox mobile app on your Apple or Android device from your appstore. If you are using a PC or transferring to an eReader, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions. 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. Once a title is downloaded it will be accessible for up to three weeks. You can also download and access titles using the mobile app Libby on your Apple, Android or Windows 10 device. Other Computer users will need to download Adobe Digital Editions. 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.
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.