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Positive feedback to Highland online library services

By Alan Hendry

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An online Bookbug session hosted by High Life Highland’s Joolz Christie.
An online Bookbug session hosted by High Life Highland’s Joolz Christie.

High Life Highland (HLH) has had a positive response from the public to its range of online library resources during the Covid-19 crisis.

Feedback has shown the popularity of services such as online Bookbug sessions, e-books, audio books and online newspapers.

Bookbug, a national programme for sharing stories, songs and rhymes for young people, saw the number of views of sessions rise to 6500 in April from just under 2000 in March.

Pressreader, the online newspaper service, more than doubled the number of views in April in comparison with the same month last year – an increase of 30,000 views.

And the number of uses of e-books through the HLH library service doubled on the same month last year.

The free e-books, audio books, newspapers, magazines and learning resources are available to all members. Anyone new to the service can register online to view the services right away.

Principal libraries manager Julie Corcoran said: “It's great to hear that so many people are using and benefiting from our online library services at the moment. By using online channels, we’ve been able to keep many of our services available for people in Highland communities during this unprecedented period.

"We’ll keep adapting the range of resources available, as new options become available.”

Details of all activities can be found here.

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