Tuesday 7 April 2015

Busy people, keen readers and smartphone users are all set to benefit from Sheffield’s new, free eLibrary service which launched last week. In just under a week, 423 e-magazines were checked out, as were 258 e-books.

From JRR Tolkien to David Starkey, from Philip Larkin to CS Lewis, there’s something for everyone with more than 1,700 books to choose from. And it’s not just book lovers that will benefit: keen runners, chefs and bee keepers can choose from more than 300 magazine subscriptions including BBC Good Food, Top Gear and Runners World.

Sheffield City Council’s new eLibrary service is available, free of charge for library members, for anyone with a smartphone, tablet, laptop or e-reader. The council wants to encourage new library users and is hoping to attract more people to its online service.

Nick Partridge, Service Manager for Libraries, Archives and Information Service at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is a brilliant addition to our library service and means people can access books, magazines and other electronic material on the go, or at home.

“I know people have really busy lives, and are now interested in reading things on their phone or tablet, as well as in print.

“I’m really excited that we’re now able to offer more from our libraries and to even more people. I’d like as many people as possible to try out our new eLibrary service which provides online access to e-books, magazines, e-audio books and online tools for study, business and leisure. There’s even a crossword solver!”

People can sign up to the new, free service online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/elibrary or in any library in Sheffield.

Books, magazines and other material can be downloaded or viewed online. The magazines can be kept forever and the e-books will automatically disappear after the loan period. This means no late fees for customers.

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The new eLibrary service includes:
• Books
• Magazines
• Audiobooks
• Homework help
• Driving theory information – to help those studying for their driving test
• Family and local history
• Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias and Crossword Solver
• Citizenship test course and practice exam questions
• Links to health and well-being information

The eLibrary service can be accessed via www.sheffield.gov.uk/elibrary, and will require a library membership number. Customers wishing to access e-books, e-audio and e-magazines on a phone or tablet device will need to download the relevant app from their app store.