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Now Read This: Number Joining ‘Closed’ Surrey Libraries Doubles Since Lockdown

Published on: 20 Apr, 2020
Updated on: 22 Apr, 2020

Guildford Library in North Street

The number of people joining Surrey libraries has doubled since their buildings closed on March 20 as part of the coronavirus lockdown, show figures from the county council.

An extra 506 people have joined, double the average rate of 260. And more than 4,000 online books, comics and magazines were downloaded last month, 10 times the average number of monthly downloads. So despite buildings being closed, the county’s libraries are still very much open.

Thousands of children have been enjoying Digital Rhymetime sessions on Facebook, with more than 7,000 views for the first few sessions and older residents will soon be able to enjoy online reading clubs.

To make the most of their “libraries from home”, Surrey residents can find lots of activities and resources for both children and young people, as well as adults on the website: www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries. Follow Surrey Libraries on Twitter @surreylibraries and Facebook @surreylibrariesUK to keep up to date with new content.

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