Keep up children's reading momentum by using library e-book services in Lancashire

Although Lancashire libraries are operating on reduced opening hours during another national lockdown, there are still ways you can engage youngsters with reading through technology.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 12:30 pm

Lancashire library members have access to thousands of e-books, which can be downloaded to devices using an app called "BorrowBox."

By visiting Lancashire County Council's libraries website, children can choose a story to download to a device using their library card details.

The BorrowBox app may also come in handy for library members who are shielding, and are unable to visit their local library.

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Children and vulnerable library users can continue to read e-books from Lancashire libraries on their devices during the national lockdown. Photo: Daniel Martino for JPI Media

Magazines can also be accessed through the app, which may help high school pupils with their studies from home.

Julie Bell, head of libraries, museums and cultural services, said: "BorrowBox is an ideal way for children to keep up their reading from home, with thousands of titles available to download straight to a smartphone, tablet or computer.

"Your Library at Home also provides access to a wide range of digital magazines through RBDigital, which high school students in particular may find useful in their studies.

"It's the ideal way to access books during lockdown, and we know lots of parents and children have found it a great resource over the past few months.

"It really is very easy to use, and all you need to get started is your Lancashire library card number, PIN and email address.

"There's still time to take part in the Reading Agency's Winter Mini Challenge which encourages children to keep reading by rewarding them for reading and reviewing books – to find it just search 'your library at home' at lancashire.gov.uk."

Find out more information about reduced opening hours for your nearest library here.Library users in Blackpool are also able to continue reading through their devices, as the town's libraries continue to operate with reduced hours, and users are not permitted to enter the building for browsing or borrowing.

If you are a Blackpool library member, you can download e-books to your device here.