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Record numbers using county online library service

Record numbers are using the Cambridgeshire online library service during the Covid-19 lockdown, the county council has said.
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The digital library service includes ebooks, emagazines, eaudiobooks and enewspapers to download, all free of charge.

A library membership also offers free access to Ancestry and Find My Past as part of a limited time offer throughout the pandemic restrictions.

With the vast majority of people not leaving the house for all but essentials, the council said “more people than ever before are accessing the online offerings and social media channels” of its library service.

The council said 39,000 people had reached out to its Facebook page in the last week alone – more than five times more than normal.

The chairman of the county council’s communities and partnership committee, Cllr Steve Criswell, said: “It’s great that so many of our residents are taking advantage of the excellent resources we have online.

“The inclusion of free Ancestry and Find My Past services, along with our usual ebook, emagazine, eaudiobook and enewspapers offering, which is available to access free of charge, mean everyone can be sure to find something to read or explore.”

You can find out more information about the council’s online library service at

By Ben Hatton

Local Democracy Reporting Service