City of York Council have today granted £17k to Explore York Libraries and Archives, in order to extend the current range of virtual services to support individuals, families and communities of York during the Coronavirus emergency. This will give residents access to a wider range of e-books and audiobooks for all ages, and free access to Press Reader, a huge archive of 7000+ newspaper and magazine titles updated daily.
The extra funding will also enable residents to use Explore’s ‘Virtual Rooms’ which uses specialist conferencing software to bring people together. This is a great opportunity for artists to collaborate, or for readers to join a communal book group.
Explore will also be working in partnership with City of York Council to provide internet access for isolated and vulnerable residents who lack broadband or confidence in using technology.
Liberal Democrat 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.”
York residents who do not currently have a library card can join online at: www.exploreyork.org.uk/getting-a-library-card-or-yorkcard