Skip to main content

Online forms unavailable 7.30pm Friday 26 to 2pm Saturday 27 February due to scheduled IT maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Covid tiers latest

Leicestershire is now in national lockdown – here’s the latest information on our services. You can find more information about restrictions at gov.uk/coronavirus

Sign up for the council's coronavirus updates

Demand for libraries' digital offer

Thousands of books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers available

Borrowbox graphic

Digital library services in Leicestershire are seeing a demand during the coronavirus lockdown – and the county council is to purchase additional eBooks and eAudiobooks to keep up with it.

For every month which libraries remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, around 700 new titles and additional copies will be added to the collection for adults, young adults and children to access.

That means that, as well as expanding the selection, it also reduces the waiting times for the most sought-after items.

Latest figures, over the past two months, show there's been a 12 per cent increase in digital loans, a 35 per cent rise in eBook loans, and  Borrowbox eBooks and eAudiobooks' users have gone up by 20 per cent.

With library sites closed across the county to protect public safety, library members can access thousands of digital books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers for free through their phones, tablets or computers. The digital titles also offer a personalised and accessible experience with options for font sizes, translation and voice-overs.

It's very important that we stay safe and stay at home to protect others and the NHS. I would encourage anyone to find out more. That could be a new member or those people who had visited a library but hadn't signed up for the digital offer

To start using the digital library, visit:  www.leicestershire.gov.uk/digital-library

For help with the service or if you have any questions, please call 0116 305 2695 or email libraries@leics.gov.uk

 

 

Top of page