Council adopt enhanced digital library service
Posted on 29 May 2020
North Ayrshire Council have developed their digital library services to keep communities connected during lockdown.
Anyone living, working, or studying in North Ayrshire can become a library member and joining online is easy here: https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/libraries/join-the-library.aspx
Since all public-facing buildings in North Ayrshire have been closed as a result of Covid-19, the Council’s core library services have gone digital.
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Connected Communities said: “The Libraries, Information and Culture team is doing a fantastic job in ensuring our communities remain connected during lockdown.
“Our digital library services are designed to provide lots of opportunities for residents to engage with online activities and provide a means of connection and escapism during these challenging times.
“With lots of engaging resources for learning, literacy or simply for reading pleasure, I would urge everyone to get involved and start taking advantage of these fantastic services from the comfort and safety of your own home.”
Once you become a library member, you will be able to take advantage of a host of digital library services (detailed below) available at your fingertips to keep you inspired, upbeat and engaged during these uncertain times.
By downloading the free Library App, you can:
- Join the library
- Access the online library catalogue
- Listen and read online and access our online resources using our e-library
- Download the free Library app here (new app coming soon)
And children and young adults, in North Ayrshire can access:
- ebooks for children and young adults, including audio books
- GLOW, the secure online community for pupils, parents and teachers, linking learning at home and at school
- Bookbug Facebook Live -this allows children and their carers to participate in reading and songs together from home.
Borrow online magazines. This free service for library members provides a place where you can download or browse over 30 magazine titles for free using the RBdigital app. Please note, the magazines can use up memory on your device. Help using or accessing the app can be found here or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the virtual book group: If you are missing your book group during lockdown, why not the North Ayrshire Libraries online book group? The ‘NALibs Reads’ book group allows multiple e-book downloads for book group members. Get involved at the next book group session on Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 6pm here.
Listen to digital music: Hosted via the Freegal music service, library members have access free music streaming, 24 hours a day. The catalogue includes over 16 million songs, millions of albums, hundreds of playlists, and the ability to create your own playlists. A free app is available for both IOS and Android devices in the App Store and Google Play.
Read the Library Links newsletter: Available for all, you can find out more about the great work happening in your digital library by reading the latest edition of the Library Links newsletter found here.
You can also check out the library YouTube channel where you can watch Bookbug children’s storytelling sessions, author talks, lockdown craft activities and a how-to guide of digital library services.
To keep updated on the latest library updates online and be part of our digital library community follow North Ayrshire Libraries on Facebook or @NACLibraries on Twitter.