How you can still use your public library during the pandemic
Sometimes, it can take a crisis to realise the amazing things around us. In this time of unknown and social distancing, we can rely on stories to help us escape.
Although we may be limited to how often we can leave the house or how many people we can see, your public library is there.
Movies, books, music, magazines and newspapers can all be accessed for free, right now, and all you need is your library membership.
eBooks and audiobooks
eBooks and audiobooks can be accessed straight from the library on your device at home.
LIBERO integrates with a number of eBooks and audiobook suppliers such as: Bolinda BorrowBox, OverDrive, indyreads, RBdigital and Wheelers ePlatform.
Each library service will have its own subscription with suppliers; so check with your library to see how you can get hold of them today.
Movies and documentaries
Find yourself a hidden treasure by exploring the huge number of free movies and documentaries your public library has to offer.
When your library connects with the likes of Kanopy, Beamafilm or IndieFlix and InstantFlix by RB Digital you can access them all straight from your mobile device or computer.
Again, please check with your local library service to see what partners they integrate with before downloading any apps.
Music, magazines and newspapers
More of a music fan? Not to worry. LIBERO libraries have hooked up with the likes of Freegal to allow library users to download and stream music completely free of charge. And don’t forget the huge range of your favourite magazines, comics and newspapers from RB Digital.
They can access all the movies, documentaries, eBooks and audiobooks too. And if you’re missing your local trip to the library with the kids, some libraries have been doing Virtual Story Time.
You can see if your library is participating in this by checking the ever-growing list of virtual story times around the country.
For those just looking for online resources from the library like books and movies, LIBERO libraries have been teaming up with the likes of Story Box and Ziptales.
So, if you’re missing out on finding a classic or discovering new adventures, it’s great to know that there are so many ways you can continue to use your local library directly from home.
Either contact your library or visit their online catalogue where information on digital providers can be found.