Explore Libraries has seen an increase in library usage during lockdown in York

In the first month of the Covid-19 lockdown 514 people joined Explore York libraries remotely – 4 times as many as in the previous 4 weeks. New members are signing up to read e-books and e-audiobooks, magazines and UK newspapers, and to use Family History sites and other information.

Explore’s e-library was very popular even before coronavirus struck and was one of the top performers in the country. Now usage has almost doubled. Monday 20 April saw the highest ever number of books borrowed remotely with the trend looking likely to continue. But there are still plenty of e-books and e-audio books on the virtual shelves with around 4000 still available to borrow.

There was another big surge in new joiners when Explore launched a new service Press Reader last Friday using funding from City of York Council’s Covid-19 general support grant. Press Reader enables members to read daily newspapers and magazines for free.

All these online library services are free to use with a normal library membership and people can sign up at exploreyork.org.uk/getting-a-library-card-or-yorkcard.

Information about the e-library and digital newspapers/magazines:



E-magazines & newspapers

Explore’s website has information for people of all ages including special links to activities while we all Stay Home:

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