Avid readers have extra time to immerse themselves in their library books during lockdown following an extension to return dates.
Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes Libraries staff have requested people hold on to their library books during the Covid-19 restrictions.
Collection development manager Nikki Williams said all overdue and hold fees have been waived and the due date for all physical material out on loan has been extended until June 30, 2020.
“For now, please hold on to any physical books, DVDs, magazines or puzzles you have out.”
All of the libraries’ book drops are also closed during lockdown.
If people have already read all their library books, plenty more reading material was still available to them via the libraries’ digital collections, online — a platform which had experienced a “marked increase” in recent weeks, Mrs Williams said.
She said, comparing the first three weeks of March (before lockdown) and the first three weeks of April, the libraries’ e-audio checkouts had increased by 90% and e-books by 279%.
The option allowed people to browse a large range of titles, which they could read electronically on a device.
That method was offered from a range of platforms, including Overdrive which had more than 11,500 titles to choose from and BorrowBox, which had more than 6000 titles, among other options.
“All you need is your library membership number and pin.”
Mrs Williams encouraged people to continue placing holds for physical items, which they would be able to collect once the restrictions ended.
To find out how you could benefit from the libraries’ digital collections visit https://codc-qldc.govt.nz/library-online
If you require assistance accessing the digital collections, placing holds or logging in, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and your library membership number, if possible.