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Library habits changing

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News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

Latest performance figures show a continuing change in the way people access Lincolnshire’s library services.

Over the last year, there has been increased usage of e-books, e-audio and e-magazine services. There were over 40,000 e-issues in 2013-14, compared to 25,000 in 2012-13, a rise of 60 per cent.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries, said: “There has been a dramatic transformation in the way customers choose to access services, primarily driven by new technology.

“That’s why we’re making sure that local libraries change with the times, with an ever-expanding range of online services.”

The service has also seen more volunteers become involved in delivering services. By March 2014, there were 729 volunteers compared to approximately 500 18 months ago.

Coun Worth added: “The planned new community hubs will give people even more opportunities to be a part of the service – something many residents have welcomed.”

 

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