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Worcestershire Libraries launch new digital services for customers at home

image showing tablet with digital libraries on the screen Published Friday, 24th April 2020

Libraries may be closed, but you can still access many library services, from your home.

Worcestershire Libraries have put many of their regular events and services online and available at the click of a button.

Since libraries were closed across the county at the end of March, our libraries team have worked hard to improve Worcestershire Libraries’ services and bring them to you online.

In the four weeks following the library closure, library members have downloaded 9794 e-books and e-audiobooks; 111% higher than the same period in 2019 and 3,830 e-magazine up 53.8% on 2019 levels.

Over 500 new e books and e audiobooks are now available for customers to access, and online reference services such as Ancestry Genealogy Research are available from home for a limited period while libraries are closed.

New online library services can now be streamed from home, including Storytime and Rhyme Time sessions, poetry readings and Wacky Wednesday craft sessions, You can also join new digital Readers Groups, Adult Learning classes, Lego clubs, Computing and Coding clubs and Minecraft challenges.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: “I am delighted even more digital library services are now available which will help customers to stay connected while remaining safe at home.

I would encourage anyone who lives in Worcestershire, who isn’t already a library member, to sign up for instant digital library membership and access this wealth of new digital library content and services.”

More new digital library services are being developed and library customers will soon be able to sign up to a virtual language café and receive help from library staff to get the most out of their digital devices.

To find out more please go to the Digital Library Hub pages on the Council's website.

Anyone who is not a library member can join instantly by applying for a digital membership here on the Digital Library Membership pages of the Council's website.