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Explore York has extended the range of virtual services to support individuals, families and communities of York during the Coronavirus emergency thanks to £17K of extra funding from City of York Council from the Covid-19 general support grant. You can sign up on Explore’s website by clicking here. 


Explore library members can now access more than 7000 digital newspapers and magazines through PressReader as well as wider access to e-books and audiobooks for all ages.

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.

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:

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