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Digital savvy readers drawn in by new online library service

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A new look library website launched this month by Northumberland County Council is proving a hit with residents.

In just a few weeks, the new user friendly website ( has already doubled the number of people accessing their local library online.

Each library in Northumberland  now has its own mini site containing a guide to everything from opening times to directions, events to attend and groups to join, as well as recommendations.

Existing customers can reserve or renew books online and those who need a little help deciding what to borrow next can browse through  the current best seller charts, view books in the news and on TV, or find someone who writes like their favourite author.

There are now guides to researching family and local history and detailed information for parents to help them choose the most appropriate books for their children.

Those looking to meet people with similar interests can find local clubs and reading groups who meet in the area, while those  who prefer to socialise online can join the new ‘Northumberland Readers’ group.

It’s not just about books either; there is a large selection of CDs, DVDs and Audio books too.

Councillor Neil Bradbury, executive member responsible for libraries at Northumberland County Council, said “While other councils are closing libraries we are investing in a range of innovative schemes to strengthen our service.

“We know that as technology progresses, more and  more residents want to access council services on-line and  our new interactive library website is another exciting development in our drive to improve our services to customers.

“We appreciate too that there are still many residents who prefer the personal touch, and our team of librarians across the county, are always on hand to help.”



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