Even though the doors are locked there is no excuse not to join the library.

Despite the lockdown, the council’s core library services are still open for business with online digital services keeping communities connected.

Once you become a member, you can take advantage of a host of digital library services including the free Library App, ebooks and audio books for all ages, storytelling sessions for children, online magazine titles, virtual book groups, free music streaming and more.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Connected Communities said: “Our digital library services are designed to provide lots of opportunities for residents to engage with online activities and provide a means of connection and escapism during these challenging times.

“With lots of engaging resources for learning, literacy or simply for reading pleasure, I would urge everyone to get involved and start taking advantage of these fantastic services from the comfort and safety of your own home.”

Anyone living, working, or studying in North Ayrshire can join. Just visit: www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/libraries/join-the-library.aspx


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