26 September 2023

Library books look great online

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Canberrans are being encouraged to use Libraries ACT’s online services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for City Services, Chris Steel said that making use of the vast amount of online library resources available from the Libraries was a great way for people to entertain themselves while housebound.

“Libraries ACT has curated an ‘At Home Brain and Boredom Busters’ section on their website to keep Canberrans reading and learning while ACT Libraries are physically closed,” Mr Steel said.

“With all of us needing to remain at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage the community to log onto the Libraries ACT website and discover what is available for all ages.”

He said the libraries’ online resources included eBooks, eAudio, digital magazines, streaming movies and documentaries, downloadable and streaming music, literacy games and language learning.

“Story times presented by fantastic Libraries ACT team members have also moved online for children and families to enjoy,” Mr Steel said.

He said Libraries ACT was working on the delivery of more online programs, which would be added to the website as they became available.

“Given the difficult decision we made last week closing all ACT libraries, it is important to keep library services accessible to the community for recreation and learning at home,” Mr Steel said.

He said Libraries ACT had also developed a new temporary membership scheme, allowing anyone who was not already a member to fast track their membership while isolated at home.

For more information and to register for membership, the Libraries ACT website can be accessed at this PS News link.

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