Coronavirus (COVID-19) has understandably brought challenges and difficult times for many and Wirral Libraries have a variety of online services to help bring their services to homes across the borough.
Local Government recently confirmed, through a survey conducted by the Reading Agency, that one in three people in Britain are reading more during this time. To fulfil all your reading fantasies, Wirral Library members can access more than 12,000 eBoooks and eAudio titles for free by simply downloading them from one of our providers. To get started, you can visit our webpage.
If you have taken up reading as a new hobby, you can share and discuss the books that you have been reading with friends, family and fellow book-worms through our online reading groups, through GoodReads or Wirral Libraries Facebook Group.
It’s not all books, art collections, the latest e-newspapers and research into family history is all possible through the libraries online service and staff are working hard to ensure that whilst library doors are closed, that there are plenty of resources and activities available.
Wirral Libraries have shared their top 5 online services for members to access for free:
Exploring the past
Immerse yourself in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies, where you can find an illustrated collection of more than 50,000 biographies from men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain’s past. Or perhaps research a little closer to home and help build your family tree, all from the comfort of your home, by using the Find My Past service.
Looking at one of the most extensive art collections
Wirral Libraries online service is home to Oxford Art, the most extensive, authoritative and easily searchable online art resource that’s available.
Catch up on the latest news
Access News Bank, with full-image content of a whole range of e-newspapers including The Daily Mirror, The Sunday Mirror, The Express, The Express on Sunday, The Guardian, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Liverpool Echo and Wirral Globe.
Keep up to date on who is who
Who’s Who offers up-to-date information about over 33,000 influential people from all walks of life, worldwide.
Access information to help those home-schooling lesson plans
Library members can access the Encyclopaedia Britannica online Library Edition which is full of general knowledge and a wealth of information and is a great resource for kids who are doing their schoolwork from home.
To access these services, simply login to your online account and click on the ‘Online Reference’ tab.