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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Turn over a new leaf with Cheshire East Council

LibrariesOnlineWeek

Join our world.

That’s the message from Cheshire East Council, whose libraries are encouraging bookworms to make use of their online services.

As part of the Council’s Your Library Online Week, staff are raising awareness about online services such as renewals, the library catalogue, reservations and the Virtual Reference Library.

From Monday, January 17, libraries will be collecting email addresses and explaining how it gives people access to a range of helpful services such as pre-overdue alerts, overdues and reservations waiting for collection as well as a monthly events listing.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “More and more of our daily activities are being carried out using the internet and we have some excellent online facilities in Cheshire East.

“Many of our residents may be unaware that they can reserve titles and renew loans online. They can also borrow books and return them to any public library in the county, whether it be Cheshire East or Cheshire West and Chester. We can also send text messages to remind people to return items on time.

“You need to be a library member to be able to access all resources. If you are not a member, join online via the library catalogue where membership is free. However, those who prefer to sign up in person can do so.

“Remember to use libraries for leisure and pleasure as well to help achieve a good work, life balance.”

Cheshire East libraries’ reference and information specialists have been busy subscribing to key reference works and searching the web to bring customers the best online content, saving them time searching for reputable sites.

Whether you want business, government, statistical or any other information, visit the Virtual Reference Library at
www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/libraries.aspx

For more information or help in using online services, email librarynotifications@cheshiresharedservices.gov.uk or call 0300 123 5500.

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