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While Cornwall’s Libraries are closed, why not reach out for a virtual read?

All of Cornwall’s libraries have had to close their doors due to the Covid crisis, and mobile libraries are off the road. But for as long as this unprecedented situation lasts, the service is reminding people that there is a wealth of good reading available online.

Cornwall Library Members can access eBooks, Audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, comics and eGraphic novels.

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Details and links to these free services are available via the following link:

eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

The number of people using BorrowBox across Cornwall was up 630% on the pre-Covid measures rate. Last week eBook loans were up by 56% compared to the first week of March. And Pressreader – our free newspapers and magazines platform which offers the majority of national daily and Sunday newspapers – showed that 5,600 more e-newspapers and magazines were downloaded in the second half of March than in the first half.

Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change, Edwina Hannaford, says: “I know for so many people a good read provides comfort, calm and continuity. It is one of life’s great pleasures. In these difficult times it is sad we have had to close our libraries, though our teams and partners are looking at ways of supplying a service to those who are vulnerable or isolated.”

“But we can all take advantage of two plus points. Firstly, how lovely to explore and rediscover the books and magazines that most of us have in our own houses. You might find some that bring back treasured memories, and young ones will love hearing stories from their childhoods.”

“And whether or not you have bookshelves or lofts to explore at home, there is an exciting world of online reading available, including familiar magazine titles, classics and graphic novels, which can all be accessed through this special page on our website. Go on, give it a try.”

eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

For those who enjoy being read to, there are many sources of good storytelling available, including:   

Please note

All libraries, the mobile library service, the Education and Early Years Library Service and Information Service sites are now closed and non-operational. This includes reserving books online. Library members who have books or other materials on loan should keep them at home. They can be renewed as many times as needed online, but all overdue charges will be waived during this time.