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E-magazine regional first for Middlesbrough Libraries

An image of a man holding an electronic tablet showing the new libraries e magazineMagazine fans are in for a treat thanks to the latest digital innovation at Middlesbrough Libraries.

The service is the first in the North East to add eMagazines to its exceptionally popular Borrowbox service offering readers online versions of a range of popular publications including Good Food and Gardeners’ World from the BBC, not to mention Total Film, Hello and Computer Active.  

The e-Magazines are available for loan via the free app which is available 24/7. 

This already issues both eBooks and eAudio titles to library customers via a free downloadable smartphone, table and iPhone app.

As with eBooks and eAudio titles, eMagazine titles can be borrowed free of charge for 21 days. The Library Service expects the range of titles to evolve over time as more publishers make their titles available online. 

David Harrington, Digital Lead for Middlesbrough Libraries, said: “We are thrilled to bring eMagazines to our customers to extend the digital offer available through our highly successful 24/7 Digital Library.  

“The Borrowbox app is free and easy to use, connecting customers to a wide range of titles online. 

“Our staff at Central Library plus the Community Hubs and Libraries across Middlesbrough would be delighted to assist anyone accessing this service.”

Councillor Stephen Hill, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Culture & Communities, said: “Our amazing Libraries team are always ahead of the game, and on the look-out for the latest innovations to ensure residents have access to all the reading material they want.

“The introduction of e-Magazines is a fantastic addition to an ever-evolving service, and I know it will prove a real hit with library users.

“Libraries will always be based around physical books, but we’re right at the cutting edge of embracing the digital world and ensuring we reach as many people as possible.”