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Norfolk Library services see lockdown rise

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Norfolk libraries say they have seen a surge in online borrowing and from people using its digital library during lockdown.

Tens of thousands more eBooks were downloaded this April than last year - up by 63 per cent, while the number of people using the eBook service jumped 80 per cent.

More than 2,000 people signed up to use the library online for the first time, in March.

Online library users have increased since lockdown.
Online library users have increased since lockdown.

As well as books, many of Norfolk libraries’ popular events have gone digital to help keep people connected. Films of activities run by libraries for babies, children and young people have already been viewed more than 172,000 times.

That includes more than 93,000 views of Bounce and Rhyme session videos which have gone online to help parents and carers keep their toddlers active.

Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities and partnerships at Norfolk County Council, said: “These statistics speak for themselves – books and reading have obviously been incredibly important to people during lockdown and we’ve even seen hundreds more people join us online.

“I’m very proud of the way Norfolk Libraries has supported their communities during this difficult period.”

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