Libraries meet changing needs

Published on: 07 May 2013


LIBRARY users in Downend, Emersons Green and Staple Hill can now borrow up to five eBooks at a time.

Anyone with a computer, laptop or a compatible portable device such as an eReader, smartphone or tablet can choose from a growing collection of over 3,000 eBooks.

New titles are being added all the time, including bestsellers by James Patterson, Lee Child, Stephen Fry, Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, John Grisham and Bill Bryson. The collection includes biography, travel, computing and crafts.

There are links to more than 42,000 eBooks freely available from Project Gutenberg, including works by classic authors including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.

People can choose titles they wish to read for up to 21 days each by visiting All can be borrowed and reserved for free, and loans automatically expire so there are no overdue charges to worry about.

Martin Burton, South Gloucestershire Council’s community cultural services manager, said: “South Gloucestershire libraries are always seeking ways to improve the service and meet the changing needs and expectations of users. The eBook service is easy to use and available 24/7 – and best of all it’s free. Library users are now able to download and read eBooks at a time and place to suit them”.

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