library services during coronavirusOur libraries are of course closed during the current pandemic, but they are still providing services online. In a Dorset Libraries update, Dorset Council have provided details of just how you can continue to enjoy library services during the lockdown.

Library services online

You can find more information about what online services are on offer, on the Libraries website.

Don’t have a library card?

Whilst libraries are closed, you can join online and get immediate access to eBooks, Audiobooks, Digital Magazines and Digital Comics.

You will be given a temporary membership number and your library card will be sent to you when libraries reopen.

Online Lending and Reference Services


Cloud Library offers over 15,000 eBooks with new titles added regularly. You can have up to 10 eBooks checked out at any one time, and borrow them for 21 days. You can also reserve up to 5 eBooks at a time.

Borrow Box gives you access to over 3,000 titles which can be borrowed for 14 days. You can borrow up to five titles at a time or reserve titles if they are on loan to another customer. We are currently offering 2 titles without queues these are the Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood and The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell.

Click here for more information on eBooks and audiobooks.

Digital Magazines
The RB Digital app has a great selection of digital magazines that you can access from home. Why not check out the latest issue of BBC EasyCook for some recipe inspiration? And if cooking isn’t your thing then there are lots of other magazines to choose from here.

Digital Comics
You can access all your favourite comics from the comfort of your home through the RBdigital app. To start binge-reading comics, download the RBdigital app and sign up with your library card number or visit the browser version here.

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Provides instant access to the world’s most famous and authoritative source of information. Use Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior  and Encyclopaedia Britannica Student to find information to support home school studies.

Log in with your library card to access these resources.

Explore your past

While libraries are closed, they’re providing Ancestry Library Edition. Click here to enjoy the same access you would receive in your local library.

Keeping your children entertained

Looking for something to occupy your children?  Check out the selection of activities they’ve put together to help you. There’s plenty of FREE book related activities, quizzes, puzzles, games and crafts for them to do.

Family Information Service also have plenty of suggestions to help keep boredom at bay.

Digital Support

The Dorset Digital Hotline is available for all IT questions, no matter how small, give them a call and get the help you need to stay connected online. Or why not try the FREE Learn My Way courses?

Citizens Advice Universal Credit Support

Citizens Advice Caseworkers continue to provide advice via phone and email while their offices are closed.  Further information, contact details and availability can be found here and shared with friends and family who are not online. [Information is also available via the Parish Council]

Library services during the Coronavirus outbreak
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