Reading for pleasure for just 30 minutes a week is associated with many benefits, from increased life satisfaction, self-esteem, better sleep, creativity, and happiness to improved social skills. It helps us rediscover all of who we are as we recognise feelings and situations faced by characters, reminding us of our common humanity and helping us remember and reconnect to all that we are and not just those aspects of ourselves we feel reduced to by the doubts and anxieties of the moment. So where can you most easily find things to read for pleasure?

Looking for open-access publications, journals, research articles, monographs and theses that you can read for free online? The British Library has now brought together the major open access repositories in one place to help you discover scholarly publications and resources that are freely available to all, wherever you are.

Once you have overcome your apprehension about visiting a library that is many times larger than the one in your old school or college, the next questions that cross most people’s minds in some order are “How do I find the things on my reading lists”, “Where are my books”, and “Tell me more about these strange things you call ebooks”.

Rest easy. We’ve got you covered.