11 November 2014

People are being invited to give their feedback on Northamptonshire County Council’s online library service.

A consultation launched this week (November 10) in which e-library users can comment on the range and quality of services available, from the Answers Plus online information service to e-books and music downloads.

What can you do online?

Since April this year, more than 200,000 people have renewed their library book online, over 7,000 have reserved an item and 14,000 e-books, e-magazines and music tracks have been downloaded.

Online users can also visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/elibrary to find out about forthcoming events at their local library, search for books and other items in the library catalogue and find signposting to a range of other local services.

Cllr Robin Brown, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Our e-library service makes it easier than ever for people to benefit from the wide range of services on offer from Northamptonshire libraries, either on the move or from the comfort of their own home.

“There are more than 5,000 books and magazines available to download online, making this an excellent value service for people who prefer e-reader devices to traditional books.

“We are always striving to improve our council services, which is why we’re launching this consultation to give people the opportunity to share their feedback and help us to shape the future of the e-library service.”

What's available?

Some of the services on offer via the e-library:

  • E-audiobooks – around 1,800 titles are now available and customers can borrow up to ten titles at a time. The e-audiobooks are compatible with iPods, MP3 players, smartphones and computers. Smartphone users can also use the dedicated iOS or Android apps.
  • E-magazines – customers can download the latest edition of their favourite magazine, with 50 popular titles to choose from. Back copies are also available. The digital magazines can be easily viewed on any internet device.
  • Music downloads – library users can download up to three songs per week, with millions of tracks available and hundreds of different genres to choose from. There is no software to download if using a computer to access the music or smartphone users can download an iOS or Android app.

Give your views

People can take part in the consultation by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultations or www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/elibrary. The deadline for comments is December 7 and the results are due to be published in January.