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Use of e-books increases dramatically in dorset

Libraries may be closed but Dorset’s readers are discovering eBooks and audio items.

Dorset's readers are discovering eBooks

eBooks and audio books issued by Dorset Libraries reached almost 26,000 in April, this year. That was an increase of 75 per cent on same period last year.

The increase in Dorset is part of a national increase in eBook library loans. Recent figures show a substantial increase in people accessing digital titles across library services in England during the pandemic.

Dorset Council, said: “The libraries in Dorset reluctantly closed their doors on March 20, but the latest figures shows you can still enjoy a good read.

Easy-to-use digital services and online support mean residents are enjoying reading digital books, audiobooks and even comics.

Dorset’s online library service has gone from strength to strength, with thousands of eBooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines loaned and downloaded by people staying at home – an increase of almost 50 per cent since the lockdown started.

Dorset council has now invested more in the service to increase the number of available titles. They currently have more than 800 new eBooks and 1,400 new audio books.

The choice is growing weekly.

For more information, visit librarieswest.org.uk

All you need to access these digital services and resources for free are your library card number and email address.

If you’re not already a member you can join online at dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries

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