Surge in e-books loaned by Dorset Libraries

Surge in e-books loaned by Dorset Libraries

Published by George Sharpe at 12:02am 24th May 2020.

Dorset Libraries have seen a surge in e-book borrowing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dorset Council's libraries have seen an increase in their online users. 

Libraries may be closed because of the pandemic, but readers are still enjoying their audio and E-books.

In April nearly 26,000 e-books and audio items were downloaded, that's a 75% per cent increase from the same time last year.

Dorchester Library
Libraries in Dorset are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Anthony Alford is a Cabinet member for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, says:

"The libraries in Dorset reluctantly closed their doors on 20 March, but the latest figures shows you don't have to walk through the doors to be a library enthusiast.   
 
"Thanks to easy-to-use digital services with support to get online, residents are enjoying reading digital books, audiobooks and even comics."

If you aren't already a member, you can join on their website.

Once you've signed up you will get sent a membership number. 

Anthony Alford also says:

"Our virtual library service has gone from strength to strength, with thousands of eBooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines loaned and downloaded by people staying at home, up by nearly 50 per cent since lockdown began. 
 
"As a result, we've invested in the service to increase the number of available titles - more than 800 new e-books & 1400 new audiobooks so there's now even more choice, with more being added each week!"