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You can still access Cornwall’s libraries without leaving your home

Thousands of people have discovered Cornwall Council’s online library service over the last year.

Since the first lockdown began in March, approximately 4,000 people across the county have joined their local library.

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Cornwall Library membership allows free access to a huge selection of e-books, e-audio books, online newspapers and magazines, and much more.

When the first lockdown came into force in March 2020 the library service saw a 104% increase in e-book downloads compared to the previous month and a 39% increase in e-audio downloads.

In October the number of free newspaper and magazine downloads reached 60,000 – a 100% rise compared to February.

There are many other free online library resources: library members can research their family history, read a comic, or even learn a foreign language. Details on these and more can be found here.

Cllr Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for libraries, said: “It’s great to see so many people in Cornwall have discovered or re-discovered the library, the joy of reading, and the huge mental health benefits associated with it.

“We know that home schooling can be really difficult for both parents and children and having access to online library resources could be a huge help for many families over the coming weeks.”

The Government recognises that libraries provide an ‘essential service’ to local communities. Some libraries in Cornwall are offering click and collect services during lockdown. All covid protocols are adhered to, including the quarantining of books before lending.

Access to public network computers is available in some branches with usage limited to those who are vulnerable and in need.

In line with current Government guidance, where the library building allows, members of the public will not need to go inside to collect their books. Instead reserved items can be collected from the library entrance.

You can see what services your local library is operating here.

If you are not currently a library member, or if your library membership has lapsed, you can sign up to the library service free of charge on the Cornwall Council website here.

 

Story posted January 19, 2021