Help (FAQs)

What is Reading Hack?

Reading Hack is a programme led by young people aged 13 to 24 who do reading activities and volunteering, called hacks, to gain skills and experience. Reading Hack turns reading on its head. Create your own hacks, meet new people, build your skills and inspire others to read.

What is a hack?

A hack is “a clever solution to a tricky problem. To hack is to modify or change something in an extraordinary way” [Urban Dictionary definition, 2009]. Examples include Lifehack, Museum Hack, IKEA Hackers and Culture Hack, which all take something established and remake or redefine it. Young people redefine reading through their involvement with Reading Hack.

Hacking reading

Hack reading by doing any activity with reading at its heart. This could be anything from a poetry-themed DJ set or novel-inspired Minecraft, to book-related filmmaking or helping younger children read.

What is The Reading Agency?

The Reading Agency is a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We work every day towards a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life. Find out more about us here.

How do I get started?

Register online and search some hacks you can do alone or online. Or visit your local library to see what Reading Hack activities they offer, and search for a local group you can get involved with.

How do I create an account?

Go to the sign up section of the Reading Hack website to get started.
If you’re under 16 you’ll need to provide contact details for a parent/carer so we can get their permission to set up your account.

How do I reset my username or password

Follow the instructions on the sign-in page for forgotten password or username . You will be sent a password reset link to your email inbox. If you don’t receive it, check in your junk mail and check that you’ve used the same email address that is registered to your reading hack account.

If you’re still having problems contact us at

How do I report a user I’m concerned about?

If you’re concerned about a user or are offended by any content or images that a user has posted don’t respond directly and instead get in touch with us at

You can also click the flag icon next to any content you’re concerned about which will send a report to the Reading Hack team who can investigate and remove any rude or offensive content.

How do I download my skills letter from my profile?

Visit the ‘my profile’ page and click on the ‘activity’ tab. You will be able to see any skills badges you’ve earned, the total number of volunteering hours you’ve logged and your downloadable skills letter. You can download your letter as soon as you’ve earned one skill, and it will be automatically updated with each skill and volunteering hour you add.