6 April 2020

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Culture

Newcastle Libraries supporting people at home

Library services in Newcastle are doing their bit to support people staying at home as part of the effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Image of mobile phone screen with library app open

The service is expanding its range of electronic books that people can borrow to ensure they can still enjoy reading, even while libraries are having to remain closed due to social distancing measures.

As well as providing eBooks, eMagazines and eComics, which can be read on tablets and electronic devices, the libraries service is also offering eAudiobooks to enable people to hear the story being read out.

And to make it easier for more people to use the service, the libraries team has also made it easier for people to join automatically online and get reading or listening straight away.

Cllr John-Paul Stephenson, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and public health at Newcastle City Council, said: “We know that what people are being asked to do – to stay indoors other than for absolutely essential reasons – as part of the national effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus is tough.

“Looking after our mental health right now is just as important as protecting our physical health and so I’m delighted that Newcastle’s libraries are offering this service.

“Reading or listening to an e-book is something that can offer a huge amount of pleasure, and a moment’s peace, at a time when many of us really need it so I am sure many will find this service from our libraries useful.

“People across Newcastle are showing great resilience in the face of this crisis and it is only by working together to do what is required that we will reduce the spread of this disease, protect our NHS and save lives.

“This is one small way in which the city council is trying to support people through these challenging times.”

To borrow an eBook or eAudiobook people will need to download either the RBdigital or Borrow Box app onto their smart phone or other device. Anyone wanting to get an eComic or eMagazine will need to use the RBdigital app.

From there they can sign in to the Newcastle Libraries servicing using their membership number.

Using the app people can borrow, renew or return items and can borrow up to five titles at a time.

For more information about borrowing electronic books, magazines, comics and audiobooks visit: http://tiny.cc/toonEbooks

To join the library online visit: tiny.cc/joinonline