Sheffield Council launches ‘eLibrary’ scheme

Sheffield Council has launched a new eLibrary service
Sheffield Council has launched a new eLibrary service
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Hundreds of books and magazines can be checked out online in a new ‘eLibrary’ service in Sheffield.

The city council launched the free online service - which can be accessed by library members through their computer, tablet, e-reader or mobile phone - last week.

It cost £41,000 to put the content together and set up the project, a spokesman confirmed.

The council, which controversially handed over the management of Sheffield libraries to volunteers to save money last year, said library users had called for more online services.

The spokesman added: “There are no plans to hand over any more libraries or close any libraries.

“This is a new service and a different way for users to access the library, but also to get new library users.”

In just over a week, 258 e-books have been downloaded through the service and423 e-magazines have been checked out.

There are more than 1,700 books to choose from and over 300 magazine subscriptions, as well as audiobooks, dictionaries, homework help and local history information.

Nick Partridge, service manager for libraries, archives and information services at the 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 service.”

Books will disappear from devices when loan periods end so readers will not have to pay late return fees.

To sign up visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/library or visit a city library.