Surge in online library use


The use of online library services in Lincolnshire has surged 60 per cent in the past year.

There were more than 40,000 e-book, e-audio and e-magazine issues in 2013-14, compared to 25,000 in 2012-13.

Lincolnshire County Council executive member for libraries Nick Worth said: “Over the last few years, there has been a dramatic transformation in the way customers choose to access services.

“This has primarily been driven by new technology, as people see the internet as their first port of call for information and e-readers become more common.

“That’s why we’re making sure that local libraries change with the times, with an ever-expanding range of online services.”

The service has also seen an increase in volunteers, by March, there were 729 compared to around 500 eighteen months ago.

Coun Worth added: “People clearly want to be more involved in running local library services, giving them more control over what’s on offer in their area.

“The new community hubs that are planned for the county, will give them even more opportunities to be a part of the service – something many residents have welcomed.”

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