Lockdown Library Service – here for you 24/7!

Somerset Libraries are continuing to support people with their vibrant online offer during these challenging times of self-isolation.

Although library buildings are closed, there are thousands of free books, audiobooks and even magazines available to download at www.somersetreads.co.uk. You can even find simple step-by-guides to get you started.

For anyone without a library card, joining online has never been easier – and it’s free! Just visit www.somersetreads.co.uk click on the ‘join here’ link and within minutes you will be able to start downloading some great titles.

So, whether you are whiling away the hours confined to your home or stuck in a queue at the supermarket – you can listen to your favourite author or perhaps browse the Radio Times, Good Food Magazine or Gardeners World Magazine on your phone.

If you have already borrowed books or DVDs, you don’t need to return items until library buildings are able to re-open and of course there will be no overdue charges to worry about.

There is also an exciting range of content available via social media, including story-times, fun activities and links to reliable sources of support, all curated by information professionals. Just search for Somerset Libraries on Twitter or Instagram or look for Somerset Libraries UK on Facebook.

Councillor David Hall, County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “Our library service is so much more than just buildings and has been adapting to the new digital world for some time. Now, more than ever before, these fantastic online services are crucial in the council’s effort to support our communities during these challenging times of social distancing.” Help and support is always available – the Somerset Libraries website has a wealth of useful information or you can email LibrariesMail@Somerset.gov.uk