A digital project to bring a brand new Online Library to the Nottingham City Libraries website has launched today – in time for Easter school break when kids will be looking for things to do.

While Nottingham City libraries are closed owing to coronavirus and Government recommendations, the libraries team have been busy home working, finding more ways to bring the library to you online.

Its ambition is to aid and support everyone at home in the lockdown, while they are not able to reach the library, and to provide more accessible ways of enjoying the library in the future too.

The Online Library shares informative and fun ways to keep you focused and entertained, featuring two main categories: health & wellbeing tips and ways to keep kids busy. It has many online topics, including Mindfulness, Physical Activity, Mental Health, Reading & Listening to Books, Arts & Crafts and Learning & Education, and the list just keeps growing.

Amongst many online resources are its eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines, eNewspapers and eReference books, so you can continue to read at home.

The resources are both from within the library itself and wider resources available online through accredited channels, for instance the NHS.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Dave Trimble, said: “Libraries are an incredible resource for information, education, entertainment and more.  It is great, since having to close our doors, that the service has worked quickly to bring together a wide range of material for our citizens to access with lots of ideas around things to do.  I do hope you look to see what is on offer through the Online Library pages.

“The Nottingham City Council libraries team have been working hard to establish new ways of working, and have plans in place to build up the Online Library catalogue, launching today, to ensure it remains a valuable resource for the future also.”

Over the coming weeks, the Nottingham City Libraries teams will be recording videos of songs and storytimes to add to the collection, along with many other ideas in the works, so enjoy for now and watch out for more to come!

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