Go Green! with SMBC libraries offering eBooks, magazines and newspapers

Solihull libraries are giving people the chance to save money, reduce clutter and go ‘green’ this New Year with digital magazine downloads, eNewspapers and eBooks.

People can read full colour digital copies of over 2000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries on their computer, smartphone or tablet, wherever they are, free of charge using their library card.

There are over 50 top magazines to choose from ranging from New Scientist to Cosmopolitan, Auto Express to BBC Gardeners’ World and TV Times to Hello! People can keep them for as long as they like and they can be downloaded at www.solihull.gov.uk/emagazines.

Daily newspapers are available to read online including the Telegraph, Guardian, Independent and Daily Mail at www.solihull.gov.uk/enewspapers. Regional newspapers along with thousands of papers from around the world enable people to keep in touch with news overseas and practise their language skills.

For longer reads, people can borrow an eBook for up to three weeks. People can choose from novels, biographies, true stories, children’s books and more. With books expiring automatically there is no need to worry about fines. eBooks can be downloaded at www.solihull.gov.uk/ebooks.

As if that wasn’t enough, people can also access the Virtual Reference Library at www.solihull.gov.uk/247library which has great resources such as Theory Test Pro for learner drivers and the Oxford English Dictionary.

Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships, Councillor Karen Grinsell said: “Our eLibrary services give people the opportunity to access the news and their favourite titles at anytime of the day or night, no matter where they are. They are particularly useful for people who find it difficult to visit a library.

“It also offers people the chance to save money as our eMagazines and eNewspapers are free to download and read. All you need is your library card number. If you are not a member, then it’s easy to join, simply go into your local library or go online to www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Libraries/joinalibrary”

Staff are on hand to help people access eResources at any library. People can find their local library at www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Libraries/Find-a-library

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