Six libraries around the UK have launched a cloud e-book and audiobook lending solution.
The Bibliotheca solution offers UK content from all major publishers, curated by digital experts in the UK to ensure that relevant titles are available for library users.
The Cloud Library can be accessed online, at a Discovery Station, or through many popular devices, including iOS and Android, via the easy-to-use app. In addition, Cloud Library is integrated into the QuickConnect self-service software, allowing users to see recommended digital content and borrow titles right from the library kiosk. All that is required is a one-time entry of a user’s library card ID.
The first local authority libraries to pick up the service are Richmond Lending Library, Little Green (the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames), Newcastle City Library (Newcastle City Council), Ipswich County Library (Suffolk Libraries), Slough Library (Slough Borough Council), Shrewsbury Library (Shropshire Council) and City Central Library (Stoke-on-Trent City Council).
Prior to introducing the solution in the UK, a selection of libraries was chosen to collectively form the UK Cloud Library Advisory Council to test it, ensure it was right for the market and advise Bibliotheca on any specific requirements.
The solution is now fully functional in all Advisory Council libraries and will be presented to library users across a series of special launch events over the coming weeks.
Public launch dates are also being scheduled for Advisory Council members Bracknell Forest Council, Doncaster Council, Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council, Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council and Westminster City Council.
Councillor Meena Bond, Richmond Council cabinet member for libraries, said: “E-books are a great way for our customers to connect to the library either in their homes, at the library via Wi-Fi or on the go. It is just another example of how libraries and technology are bridging the digital divide creating 21st century libraries. We have had an e-book service for some time and it has been very popular. We are now looking at making it even more flexible for readers, with even more books.”
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