• City of Newcastle

e-Library expansion puts more digital content at fingertips


Newcastle Libraries’ growing network of 90,000 members have never been more connected, now with more digital library services at their fingertips than ever before.

Under the newly adopted COVID-19 Community and Economic Development Resilience Package, City of Newcastle has committed $100,000 to an e-Library expansion, building on its existing repertoire of free adult and children’s e-books, newspapers, magazines, music and movie streaming services as well as online learning, and complementing plans for a Digital Library at the City Administration Centre at 12 Stewart Avenue.

Already, the e-Library accounts for 30 per cent of library loans, demonstrating its effectiveness in reaching the community. Further, the number of new users on the free Newcastle Library app jumped by 53 per cent from February to March.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the City of Newcastle had one of the highest library membership take-ups per population in the state, making the e-library a powerful tool to promote personal wellbeing and enjoyment.

“With a user network this broad, Newcastle Libraries is well placed to keep the community connected at a time of social disruption and isolation, particularly the most vulnerable among us,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Many have found themselves with more idle time on their hands and, while our libraries are temporarily closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, the depth and variety of content in our e-Library can take you anywhere – you can research a new hobby, take a virtual trip using our travel guides, or go on a wild adventure with our people and places titles."

Under the expansion, Newcastle Libraries members can now access online:

  • Four e-book and e-audio platforms with thousands of titles, including the latest releases and popular titles;

  • Storybox library: a children’s video streaming platform that features well-known Australian authors and TV personalities;

  • PressReader, which boasts a wide range of international and regional newspapers;

  • RB Digital, with countless e-magazines to flick through plus other e-titles;

  • Movie streaming platforms Kanopy and Beamafilm, which contain more than 30,000 movies, documentaries, kids’ and wellness content;

  • Freegal: a music streaming platform with access to 15 million songs, including the entire Sony Music Recording catalogue; and

  • National Geographic online.

You can become a member of Newcastle Libraries by joining online, gaining immediate access to all digital content via the free Newcastle Library App or the website, www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Library. It is free to join if you live or work in the Newcastle region.

If you are already a member, you do not need to join again to access the e-Library. For further support, you can phone 4974 5300 to speak with a library staff member between 9.30am and 5pm on weekdays, and 9.30am and 1.30pm on Saturdays.

26 views
All_Issues_Banner-01.jpg
Today's Local News
1232 Live Music Lake Mac InTouch 300x300
4563-Reset_summer_social tile_300x300.jp
JobQuest-Online.gif
intouch THIS MONTH

ABOUT INTOUCH MAGAZINE

Every month intouch magazine captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of the community. Intouch magazine showcases what’s hot, what’s on and who’s who with a dynamic blend of inspirational articles, lifestyle features, fashion, events, food and travel – it’s the go-to source for people living in (or visiting) Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and The Hunter Valley. It’s the place to be seen to build your reputation, tell your story, launch a new enterprise and keep the community intouch both in print and online.

CONTACT US

QUICK LINKS

297 Brunker Rd, Adamstown NSW 2289 

PO BOX 165, CHARLESTOWN NSW 2290

PH +61 2 4943 0888 

EMAIL US

subscribe to  intouch

Copyright 2015-2020 Two Tribes Media. Published monthly by Two Tribes Media. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpt granted by written request only. While every attempt has been made, Two Tribes media cannot guarantee the legality, completeness or accuracy of the information presented and accepts no warranty or responsibility for such.

© 2015-2020 Two Tribes Media