Surge in use of online library services

Cuts to Lincolnshire libraries have led to a surge in popularity for online services.

Latest Lincolnshire County Council performance figures show a continuing change in the way residents access local library services.

Over the last year, there has been increased use of e-books, e-audio and e-magazine services. There were over 40,000 e-issues in 2013-14, compared to 25,000 in 2012-13, a rise of 60 per cent.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries, said: “Over the last few years, there has been a dramatic transformation in the way customers choose to access services. That’s why we’re making sure that local libraries change with the times, with an ever-expanding range of online services.”

The service has also seen more volunteers become involved in delivering services. By March 2014, there were 729 volunteers helping staff to deliver library and heritage services compared to 500 18 months ago.

Coun Worth added: “The new community hubs planned for the county will give them even more opportunities to be a part of the service – something many residents have welcomed.”

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