Nearly 50,000 downloads from Worcestershire's digital library in three months
Nearly 50,000 e-books, audio books and e-magazines (47,703) have been downloaded from Worcestershire County Council’s digital library service in the past three months.
NearThe 47,703 downloads mark an increase of 100 per cent on the same period last year.
More than 1,000 people have joined the library service as digital members since the beginning of the lockdown, an increase of over 300 per cent compared with the same period last year.
The most popular titles during lockdown saw Hello!, New Scientist International Edition and Auto Express topping the list for e-magazines.
Holiday by T M Logan was the most popular e-book and e-audiobook with adult readers, while the children’s top choice was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling.
Over the same period, new online library activities and services also proved popular.
There were 5,648 views of weekly online library Storytime and Rhyme Time sessions.
A total of 415 people took part in online coding challenges and 73 people attended business webinars to find out how to set up and promote businesses online.
It is hoped that more customers will use the online services to complement the limited services available in libraries as they reopen.
Conservative councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I’m so pleased that the statistics are showing how popular our digital library hub has proven during lockdown.
“We really are a county of readers and it has been great to see that continue during the most testing of times.
“I would encourage people to continue using the service as we move forward with libraries reopening - it is a fantastic resource available to our customers at any time.”
It has been confirmed by central Government that libraries are able to reopen from Saturday, July 4.
The reopening of the county’s libraries will be carefully phased, managed and monitored and only limited services will be available until social distancing restrictions are relaxed or removed.
Libraries reopening to customers during the first phase are The Hive, Malvern, Evesham, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Redditch.
Visit the main Worcestershire libraries page for further details of what to expect: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries
For further detail on the Digital Library Hub, visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/digitallibraryhub