Puzzling Via Your Public Library

It is very easy to enjoy puzzling via your public library.  We have so many technological devices we now have at our disposal.  It is very easy to enjoy solving puzzles with group of fellow cruciverbalists.  Solvers no longer have to be in the same room.

Some of the benefits of puzzling are:

  • Building (individual and collective) general knowledge
  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Sharpening thinking and logic skills
  • Socially interacting with one people (while social distancing)
  • Maintaining good mental fitness

A Clue Detective online puzzle club can be set up and run from anywhere. If your library is a member of the Clue Detective Public Library Network, you get automatic access as part of your membership. If they don’t subscribe, ask a member of your library staff to see if it’s possible to purchase the portal as an e-resource.

Clue Detective Public Library Network Members


Noosa Libraries (QLD)
Scenic Rim Libraries (QLD)
City of Adelaide Libraries (SA)
City of Holdfast Bay Libraries (SA) 
District Council of Mount Barker Library (SA)|
Maribyrnong Libraries (VIC)
Mildura Libraries (VIC)
Shire of Campaspe Libraries (VIC)
West Gippsland Regional Library Service (VIC)
City of Perth Library (WA)
Port Hedland Library (WA)

New Zealand 

Horowhenua Libraries
Whakatane Libraries

Suggestions on how you can use the Clue Detective Puzzle Portal

Forming an online puzzle club via your public librar is afantastic way for a group of library patrons to get together especially during this time of social distancing and isolation.  You can have fun and  improve your vocabulary, logic and (digital) literacy.  All you need is a library membership.  Once you join you can all solve Clue Detective puzzles to your heart’s content and make use of your library’s great facilities at the same time. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, puzzling via your public library is a great way to stay connected and keep your mind active!  Book your group into use the Clue Detective portal at your library via a Zoom meeting.  It’s a win win for everyone!

Solving online puzzles is also an activity that can be used as part of a program, such as Tech Savvy Seniors.  While participants are solving their favourite puzzle, and having fun, they are also becoming more familiar with using their device, which will translate into using it for other activities.