Borrowing books has never been easier – in fact, you don’t even need to leave your sofa these days.
More than 60,000 free books have been downloaded from Cornwall’s libraries in the past year, all thanks to BorrowBox.
The download service works across nearly all digital platforms and is free to use if you are a member of Cornwall’s library service.
You can download audiobooks or ebooks, and they will be deleted automatically at the end of the loan period – so there is no danger of any late return charges.
Since its launch in 2014, more than 5,000 people have registered for the service, with numbers continuing to grow all of the time.
Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “Our library service is continuing to evolve and to offer more and more for our local communities.
“Being able to borrow audiobooks or ebooks at the click of a button makes accessing our service easier than ever before.
“It is great so many people are already taking advantage of this technology, and I am sure we will only see the numbers continue to grow in the future.”
You can even use the technology to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2018, which is being run in conjunction with the Beano comic, which celebrates its 80th birthday this year.
The annual event is designed to prevent children aged between 4 and 11 from experiencing a dip in their reading skills during the six-week break from school.
To take part, all children need to do is to visit their local library and sign up for the challenge – they will then be able to use BorrowBox to download books to read for the challenge. They can then collect their rewards from the library whenever they visit. For those who prefer print, our library shelves are filled with exciting books ready for this year’s Challenge.
You can register to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at all of our branch libraries and also at all of our mobile library stops. In addition, we have volunteers trained to run the Challenge at Devoran, Millbrook and St Dennis micro-libraries, who are all looking forward to being involved this year.