Online services and new library sees big increase in book borrowing

Telford & Wrekin Council’s 24 hour eBook and eAudio services means local residents can visit the virtual library any time of the day or night.

Online services and new library sees big increase in book borrowing

The service can either be accessed from your home or by using the Telford Wi-Fi in Southwater One and other selected libraries and council buildings.

There has already been a 200 per cent increase in the number of titles borrowed since Southwater One opened at the end of July.

The most popular borrowing time is between 7pm - 8pm but some night owl bookworms have borrowed books in the small hours.

The Game of Thrones series is the most popular title. Members of the public can choose from more than 600 eBook titles and download them for free.

The service is compatible with a number of eReaders including Sony Reader, Nook, Kobo, iPhone and Android devices. However it is not compatible with Kindle except for the Kindle Fire.

Library members can choose titles they wish to read and download them for up to 21 days each by visiting the libraries page.

All titles can be borrowed and reserved for free and loans automatically expire so there are no overdue charges.

New ebooks are being added to the collection all the time and there is a variety of fiction and non fiction titles to suite a wide range of tastes.

Councillor Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member for Libraries, said: “The new Southwater Library is already a huge success and the eBook and eAudio service give residents an extra option to use the services it offers."