libraries may be temporarily closed but that hasn’t stopped the city from
getting its collective head in a book – an e-book that is.
Read Liverpool website – www.readliverpool.co.uk – where residents,
students and anyone who works in the city can sign up to borrow e-books and
e-audio books has seen visits shoot up from an average of 50 to about 400
visits each day, showing that Liverpool’s Year of Reading is still going
libraries closed their doors on Monday 23 March and from then until 5 April
almost 4,500 new users have signed up to access the library service’s digital
was also the e-library’s busiest month ever with almost 2,000 users, checking
out almost 8,000 books.
books, from classics to the newly published, are being added all the time –
even during the lockdown. Not only that, readers can also borrow magazines and
newspapers using the PressReader app.
can still enjoy the digital resources even if they don’t already have a library
card, you. They can sign up via the Read Liverpool website without already
being a member of the city’s library services.
Users can access the e-library using a variety of devices including Kindles, other e-readers, Android and Apple devices, and desktop PCs.
Stoker, Liverpool City Council’s interim head of libraries, said: “We know that our
library service is cherished by so many people in the city. A trip to the
library to browse the shelves and to choose something new to read is an
important part of so many people’s routine.
is why we’re delighted that we have seen an increase in people accessing our
digital library. We know that when people start using this service, even though
they may be reluctant at first, they are very impressed with what they find.
“Even diehard fans of
printed books are very pleasantly surprised when they start using one of the
apps such as Libby. It’s incredibly user-friendly and has great accessibility
features which means it can be used by people who usually borrow large-print
urge anyone who may know someone who is missing using their community library
and who might not be very tech-savvy to encourage them to sign up at Read
Liverpool – it’s quick and easy and they’re sure to find something they’ll want