Readers log on to library website

Pictured left to right: Shirley Appleby and Maureen Turnbull from Northumberland County Council's libraries team
Pictured left to right: Shirley Appleby and Maureen Turnbull from Northumberland County Council's libraries team

A NEW-LOOK library website launched this month by Northumberland County Council is proving a great hit with residents.

In just a few weeks, mylibrary.co.uk has already seen double the number of people accessing their local library online.

Each library in Northumberland now has its own mini-site containing a guide to everything you can do there; including opening times, directions, events to attend, groups to join, as well as loads of recommendations.

Existing customers can reserve or renew books online and if you need a little help deciding what to borrow next, you can browse through the current bestseller charts, view books in the news and on TV, or find someone who writes like your favourite author.

There are guides to researching family and local history and detailed information for parents to help them choose the most appropriate books for their children.

You can also find out about clubs and groups in the area and take home CDs DVDs and audio books.

Coun Neil Bradbury, executive member responsible for libraries at Northumberland County Council, said: “While other councils are closing libraries we are investing in a range of innovative schemes to strengthen our service.

We know that as technology progresses, more and more residents want to access council services online and our new interactive library website is another exciting development in our drive to improve our services to customers.”