E-book borrowing up 20% since lockdown

19 May 2020

Brent's e-library has been doing a roaring trade since lockdown started, with e-book borrowing up 20%. E-magazines saw a similar boost, at 20% more issues.

Audiobooks, which can be downloaded electronically, are doing even better, spiking at 23%.

The service is free and has been available for a number of years. But it seems the temporary closure of physical libraries has prompted many to seek out their reading fix digitally.

Brent's dedicated librarians have also been working in partnership with the community to find innovative ways of bringing culture into people's homes, inviting artists to exhibit at the virtual Willesden Gallery and celebrating local children's creative talent with a dedicated online gallery.

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Lead Member for Public Health, Culture & Leisure, said: "Books can be a great comfort, so I'm pleased to see people taking advantage of our free e-library during lockdown. It's another great example of how local authorities are helping people through this difficult time."

Brent residents can access the e-library via the 'My Library App', available on iOS and Android. More information at: www.brent.gov.uk/elibrary