People turning to council’s library services during this difficult time

7th April 2020, 12:39pm | By Marc Read |

People are making the most of staying indoors and taking advantage of Wiltshire Council’s extensive remote library services.

In the last few weeks the service has seen:

  • 177 new members joining online
  • eBook loans up 43%, eAudio up 118% and eMagazines up 90% compared to same time last year
  • Online Rhyme Time sessions viewed more than 12,400 times so far – with viewers as far away as Australia

Cllr Philip Whitehead said: “Our library services continue to support people right in the heart of our communities, even if the buildings themselves aren’t in use.

“Our team is constantly thinking of innovative ways to keep the whole family connected and occupied during this time and it’s heartening to see how well received the services have been. Our staff have loved the response from people so far and are looking forward to doing even more.”

Wiltshire’s elibrary services can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-ebooks. The online Rhyme Times Facebook sessions can be found on the libraries’ Facebook pages. Regular updates can be found by following @WiltsCouncil and @WiltsLibraries on Twitter.

Wilshire Council’s dedicated COVID-19 page can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus

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