We're here to make sure your time stuck at home is made a little more bearable. We've been working away to bring you even more online content to keep body and mind active during this unprecedented time. Get involved alongside the thousands of others already accessing our fantastic digital resources
Big Library Read
Big Library Read connects readers around the world with the same book at the same time without any waitlists or holds. Borrow The Darwin Affair to join the book club. Note: contains mature content.
Big Library Read is running August 3 - 17. Check out our bonus materials:
Head over to our leisureactive Facebook page to find Lockdown Live, our virtual home exercise timetable delivered by your favourite instructors.
Subscribe to our Leisureactive YouTube Channel where you will find a range of at home workout ideas brought to you by our team of qualified fitness coaches.
You can also access these through our Leisureactive app.
Audio Guides Online
Visitors can embark on a journey through 400 million years, and witness how a small settlement developed into the City of Dundee as it is today.
From exhibits relating to the life of early man in the area, stunning paintings and decorative art through to artefacts from industries past and present, the City's collections, many of which are recognised as being of national significance, give an insight into Dundee and its people.
Dundee History Quiz
This quiz was provided by Dundee Libraries' Local History department. Local History has a collection of over 20,000 items, including books, pamphlets and directories relating to the City of Dundee and surrounding areas. There is also an extensive collection of prints, photographs, postcards, maps and plans.
Dundee experience of coronavirus – survey
This survey is conducted by Dundee Libraries' Local History Centre as a way of collecting social history information during these unprecedented times. We would like to hear about you and your families' experiences during this time - how it affects you, how it is it changing your life at work and at home, and how you think it will affect life in the future.
Locked Down Librarians
Dundee Active Schools Stay Active at Home*
Dundee Active Schools have been working to pull together as much information as we can, to provide all the children of Dundee with ideas of how to remain active throughout the period of the school closures. Using content from around the internet and developing our own, we will aim to provide children and their families with ideas of fun ways to keep active while staying at home.
Activities include:- Minute Monday, Well-being Wednesday and Family Active Friday.
More information available using the following links:
Ancestry from Home
Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Access to Ancestry via the WPAC and is currently only available to registered library members.
Get online access to over 500 educational courses and tutorial support in subjects ranging from accounting and IT to parenting and personal development free with your library membership.
Just log on to the Universal Class website:
and enter your Dundee library card number to create a free account. You will then have 24/7 access to your free eLearning account using the username and password you created.
For more information or advice contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Theory Test Pro
Are you learning to drive cars, buses or HGVs?
This free online resource provides access to official test questions, hazard perception video clips and the Highway Code and states that students using it are twice as likely to pass their test.
So why not make the most of this time indoors to prepare for your return to the learner's driving seat by visiting the Theory Test Pro website and creating a free account?
Learn To Swim – In The Bath*
There are a series of PDF's to help parents with activities at bath time from birth - 36 months.
Dundee Local History
Join Erin Farley from Dundee Libraries' Local History Centre every Thursday for a story from Dundee's history.
Objects of the Month
Have a look back at our Object of the Month videos. Featuring Objects from Wise Ways Wullie to the Tay Whale and much more.
Mini McManus Creates
Looking for some simple crafty fun ideas whilst stuck indoors? The Creative Learning Team knows how important it is for families to have fun and be creative together! Each week, taking the museum's fantastic collection as inspiration, we will post a Mini McManus Creates hands-on activity hopefully providing some fun DIY learning ideas to keep your family creative!
RBDigital Unlimited Newspapers
New to our RBDigital Service – free access to full text of thousands of newspapers from over 100 countries every day. Local newspapers The Courier and Dundee Evening Telegraph are included and with a press of a button you can even translate foreign language favourites from their original language into more than 16 alternatives.
Soundbase Music Tutorials
Soundbase Spring Slam is a music workshop project that was due to take place at Caird Hall this week. It offers the opportunity to work with a team of professional musicians and learn new skills. Despite having to cancel, tutors Callum Mackie and Mary McInroy have generously provided online tutorials to improve guitar playing and vocal skills.
The Urban Moves dance programme are populating they're Facebook page with varying dance activities from throw back performances, dance tutorials, live dance sessions for school age P1-P7 & S1-S6 (and basically any age who wants a boogie). We have also joined TikTok where dance coaches will be completing TikTok dance combinations, follow Urban Moves and tag us in your dance TikTok's.
For more info email email@example.com.
Ulibrary E-Audiobook Free Offer
For over 50 years, Ulverscroft have always been there to provide books to those that have needed them the most. Now during this difficult time, the escapism provided by literature is needed more than ever.
Until July 31st we're pleased to announce that we are making uLIBRARY free to access for all. This includes access to 500 of our most popular audiobooks and free membership to the uLIBRARY book clubs. You can view the available titles at https://els.ulverscroftulibrary.com/.
During this time we want to make things as easy as possible for all, so members will be able to access our eAudiobooks straight away. You can register for access at www.ulibrary.net/register and we will send you the login details.
More ways to enjoy the day…
Learn to knit on the free library resource Universal Class:Knitting 101.
Whilst learning about the lives and loves of a group of knitting devotees listening to the audiobook The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs.
World Book Online
To support libraries and library users during the current challenging time JCS Online Resources are temporarily providing free access to World Book Online until 31 May 2020.
World Book Online is a collection of 16 different databases for all ages. It has over 100,000 articles written by experts and presented in an age appropriate language, thousands of media, videos, games and activities.
Plus World Book eBooks library gives access to over 3,500 different eBooks, many of which have read-aloud functionality.
Temporary access to this resource requires a secure username and password.
If you would like to be sent this information please follow the link below.
Learn My Way
Learn My Way is a website offering free online courses, built by Good Things Foundation to help people develop their digital skills.
The website contains over 30 free courses designed to help beginners get started with the online basics - using a mouse, keyboard, setting up email accounts and using internet search engines.
And for those looking to further develop existing digital skills there are further short courses available internet safety, using digital devices, online shopping and accessing online information to assist health promotion, job seeking and managing your finances.
National Library of Scotland Digital Resources
Latest newsletter from the National Library of Scotland outlining the digital resources Scottish citizens can access while they are closed and keeping you up-to-date with collections, resources and services.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are some of our favourite places to keep you up to date with everything at Leisure & Culture Dundee. We can't welcome you in person person at the moment but we would still love to hear from you. Follow us, connect directly and join in the conversation on our social pages.
Love to stay active at home?
You can now stay motivated and on top of your fitness routine with online video workouts you can do at home.
As a valued member of Leisureactive, we're giving you a limited time offer of 60-DAY FREE TRIAL to LES MILLS On Demand. It's the ideal way to try out all the LES MILLS group workouts or stay active on the days you can't make it to the gym- you'll never miss a workout again!
LES MILLS On Demand is a great add-on to your club membership, featuring over 1000 workouts, with a variety of 15-55 minute workouts, including strength training, martial arts, yoga-fusion, HIIT, indoor cycling, dance fitness, kids program Born to MoveTM and much more.
If you love using it during your 60-day free trial, you can continue to subscribe for the exclusive members price of £7.94/month.
Have questions about LES MILLS On Demand, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to try free for 60 Days?
Life Fitness Digital Coach
Choose from three workout of the day categories each day.
Digital Coach can be launched using any web browser on your computer or mobile device. Refresh each day for a new set of workouts, created by our partners at Life Fitness Academy trainers, you can stay in shape at no extra cost until you can get back into the gym.
Sign up for instant access to easy workouts you can do at home. Available for a limited time, try it out today.
PE with Joe Wicks
Join Joe Wicks, The Body Coach weekdays at 9am on YouTube for live PE sessions. These can also be watched on YouTube at a later date.
This Resource Centre is the one place you can find all of our new video workouts, download books, access e-learning as well as request assistance in claiming welfare benefits. Get involved alongside the thousands of others who are already accessing our online fitness sessions for all ages and abilities, downloading e-books, audiobooks and trying out hundreds of online courses.
* If you chose to partake in any exercise or activity included in our videos, you do so at your own risk. Acknowledging the exercises/activities can carry an inherent risk of Physical Activity, particularly if you have a risk of health problems or previous injuries.
If at any point you feel you are exercising beyond your current fitness abilities, take a rest and join back in when you feel you can. Should you feel any pain, discomfort or feel unwell, please stop exercising immediately and consult with programme staff or call 999 in an emergency situation. Prior to commencing, make sure the area being used to carry out the exercise is clear of any hazards and is safe to do so.
To the extent permitted by the law, Leisure & Culture Dundee and its affiliates disclaim any and all liability for claims resulting from failure to comply with these warnings and/or the exercises/activities in our videos and/or instructors and advice given.