More people turning to digital library services during lockdown

Libraries are seeing a boost in digital e-book downloads. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There's been a sharp rise in the number of people using Norfolk's library services as the lockdown continues.

Sessions for babies and children have now switched online and have proved popular with more than 170,00 thousand views from families.

The use of E-books has risen by 80 per cent with the number of downloads more than doubling compared to 2019.

The popularity of digital library services has seen just over two thousand new users sign up to use the library online for the first time.

Up 63%

27,730 digital titles have been downloaded

315%

Rise for children's digital downloads

"These statistics speak for themselves - books and reading have obviously been incredibly important to people during lockdown and we've even seen hundreds more people join us online.

Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships at Norfolk County Council, Cllr Margaret Dewsbury
Norfolk Libraries have had to adapt from its traditional services due to lockdown. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk's libraries have also continued to support the county's small businesses during lockdown through its Business and IP Centre (BIPC.

It's been providing video content and has run a number of online events including 1-to-1 advisory clinics and free webinar tutorials.