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Accessing books when libraries are shut

Libraries Published Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Worcestershire’s libraries may now be closed, but bookworms fear not, there are plenty of ways you can still curl up with a good book.

Now more than ever, during this period of social distancing, having access to audio books and e-books, can be really important for everyone.

You may not be able to visit the library but the library really can come to you through our range of e-books, e-audiobooks, and eMagazines.

You can borrow up to 4 eBooks and 4 eAudio titles at a time through Borrowbox. The service is available to existing library members and anyone new signing up.

For first time users of the digital library, you will need to log in using your library number (the 8 digit numbers and in some cases letters) and library account password.

Don’t worry if you are not an existing Worcestershire Libraries member, as you can join instantly with a Digital Library Membership.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Our libraries may be closed physically but the wonderful world of books is still available to access online. They are a great way of escaping the outside world at the moment just for a minute, or encouraging your children to think creatively or to help them learn in a different way.”

If you’re missing out on flicking through your favourite magazine, then don’t panic, as Worcestershire Libraries has lots of premium e-Magazine titles that you can access online for free.

You can simply visit the RB Digital Website or download the ‘RB Digital’ app. You then just follow the steps to create an account and add in your library card details.

 Regarding returns for all existing library members, we have extended the return date for all library loans until further notice which will ensure that customers do not need to renew their library loans and will not build up library fines.

 Unfortunately, we will not be able to meet any outstanding reservations or accept new reservations.

 For more information on our online resources, please visit the dedicated e-resources and online information page of our website.