Manchester’s free digital library open 24/7 (25.03.20)
Manchester City Council’s libraries offer 24/7 free access to thousands of e-books, magazines and audiobooks, plus all UK daily newspapers online.
The Manchester Libraries digital service enables free downloads of a wide selection of e-books and audiobooks via Borrowbox. A list including some of the latest bestsellers, plus many much-loved literary classics, is available to choose from. And now, even people who don’t have a Manchester library card can sign up online at Borrowbox to take advantage of this service, without needing to visit the library.
Manchester Libraries members can also access PressReader online. The website offers more than 5,000 newspaper and magazine titles from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages – all for free. Read a newspaper or magazine in its original or screen-friendly format, print articles, listen to audio narration and translate content from around the world in up to 17 languages. All national UK newspapers are included in the service.
Members can also read full digital copies of magazines for free from their computer, smartphone or tablet, via the RB Digital service. Around 100 magazines are currently available, covering everything from food to computers and music to art. Titles include Hello!, BBC Good Food, Amateur Photographer, BBC Top Gear, Radio Times and Cosmopolitan. Members can borrow an unlimited number of magazines, to keep for as long as they need. Access RB Digital on your computer, or download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.
Another free online service is the Transparent Language learning package, which offers 90 different foreign language courses, plus a range of courses for English learners, delivered in their own first language. The easy-to-use courses can be synced across a number of devices and are delivered by nature speakers. They are chiefly aimed at beginner to intermediate level, suiting learners up to A-level standard.
Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “We want to make sure people know that, even as we are going through these unprecedented times, our library service is still there for them.
“All of our members have the opportunity to benefit from our free digital offer, whether they want to read for pleasure, get the latest in-depth news, or even take a language course, without having to leave their own home. And the Borrowbox service can now be accessed for free even if you don’t have a library card, making e-books and audiobooks available to all, for free.”
To find out more, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries.