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Libraries and the Coronavirus
Following the government instruction, all libraries are now closed until further notice for all purposes. There will be no fines on any library books returned after the closure. Go to http://library.bolindadigital.com/gateshead to access our free eBook and eAudiobook lending service.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues Gateshead Council is encouraging everyone to use online reading resources to help support their health and wellbeing. 

Libraries across Gateshead closed last month to help prevent the spread of coronavirus however members of the library service can still access thousands of free eBooks and eAudiobooks via the Borrowbox app. The digital collection gives 24 hour access to a wide range of eAudiobooks and eBooks and with more choice than ever before there is something for everyone to enjoy. Members can borrow up to 10 eBooks and 6 eAudiobooks at a time for up to 3 weeks. 

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Councillor Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said "These are unprecedented times and despite the challenges we're facing it's important that we all take time to look after our general wellbeing. Reading is an activity that has many benefits, which are particularly relevant while we are being advised to stay at home isolated from friends and family. Whether you want to keep children entertained or try reading something new Borrowbox has something for everyone to enjoy. I personally love using the service and it's fantastic to have so many books readily available. 

"I'm incredibly proud of our library service and how they continue to support our communities despite our buildings being closed. It's great that people have continued to join our libraries over the last couple of weeks and I'd encourage everyone to check out the services available online." 

Via social media Gateshead Council will also be offering other ideas to help people stay creative while in isolation. Library staff will, through the libraries Facebook, twitter and Instagram pages, share poetry, recommend books/authors and have lots of give craft ideas to keep all the family entertained. 

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