£17K for extra digital library services during lockdown in York

Thanks to £17K of extra funding from City of York Council, Explore will be able to extend the current range of virtual services to support individuals, families and communities of York during the Coronavirus emergency.

Fiona Williams, Chief Executive of Explore York Libraries and Archives said, “As information professionals we have provided links to reliable sources of information on the Explore website to support individuals, families and communities of York during this emergency. We have a range of e-books available for all ages and we have provided links to activities for all ages. We are delighted to receive funding support through City of York Council, this will be used to extend the range of on-line resources and virtual activity available for all ages.”

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities at City of York Council, said: “Our libraries are a lifeline for many at this time. Whether it’s reading a good book or exploring the many resources Explore has to offer, it’s providing a vital service now more than ever, particularly for residents living on their own.

“We’re delighted to be offering this additional funding to enable Explore to continue providing our communities’ with support virtually during the current restrictions. Thanks to this investment, York residents will soon have free access to over 7000 newspaper and magazine titles – what better way is there to pass the time in the coming weeks.”

The extra funding means Explore can now extend what is on offer:

Press Reader. Explore will buy a 12 month subscription to Press Reader This will provide access to over 7000 daily newspaper and magazine titles from more than

100 countries. You will be able to read a newspaper or magazine in either its original or screen-friendly format. You can also download, print, get automated audio narration, and automated translation into other languages. Press Reader offers instant same day access, and includes most major UK titles. https://www.pressreader.com/catalog/uk

More e-books and e-audiobooks Explore will buy more e-books and e-audiobooks and these are free to borrow – it’s simple and easy to use.To borrow ebooks visit: https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/digital/e-books/


Virtual Rooms Explore will use specialist conferencing software to bring people together in a virtual space and invite them to challenge their imagination in new ways.

Support with getting online In partnership with City of York Council, Explore is developing support for people who are isolated and vulnerable, and for those who have limited access to virtual content whether through lack of skills and confidence in using technology, or lack of broadband.

York residents who do not currently have a library card can join online at exploreyork.org.uk/getting-a-library-card-or-yorkcard.

Discover all sorts of digital activities and resources while you Stay at Home https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/recommended-websites/

The £17K will be funded from the Covid-19 general support grant.