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Published 12 December 2018

The Council is investing £45,000 over the next three years to provide its largest ever collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks to residents across West Dunbartonshire.

Residents who sign up to the Council’s new provider, BorrowBox, will have a choice of more than 1,000 eBooks and 360 eAudiobooks to download for free on any Apple iOS and Google Android phone, tablet or computer. Titles include anything from Jo Nesbo and James Patterson crime thrillers to the latest biographies on David Bowie and Dawn French.   

Members can borrow bestsellers free of charge for up to three weeks, with the option to renew following which the items will automatically delete from individual devices. If you’re not library member you can easily join online at www.libraryonline.org.uk

This commitment is just the latest improvement to the Library Service in West Dunbartonshire with £421k of capital investment being rolled out in the next year on a range of items such as new children’s areas, mobile shelving and self-service machines. There’s also a major renovation of Clydebank Library, a branding program to update the look and feel of each branch, investment on frontline training and increased funds for traditional book stocks.

boy using his laptop in a concrete tube in a park

Councillor Ian Dickson, Convener of Corporate Services, said: "We have seen an increase in the popularity of our online library service and I’m delighted to see the Council respond by dramatically increasing its eBook and eAudiobook catalogue. I’d also encourage residents who aren’t registered for this service to get involved and start benefitting from a great offer.  

"These eBooks and eAudiobooks will be particularly popular with busy residents who want to read a range of books when it suits them without needing to visit their local library. The eAudiobooks are also invaluable to customers who may have a visual impairment and therefore struggle to read the printed word.

"Just go to the Council’s library website pages for all the information. It couldn’t be easier and it is all free.

“We are committed to developing and maintaining a thriving library network in West Dunbartonshire that meets the needs of customers today and in the future. This is just the latest positive development and I look forward to further improvements across the service."

Councillor Iain McLaren, Vice Convener of Corporate Services, said: “We are pleased to invest in our digital services which will offer a more flexible service to our members.  The way members use the library has changed over the years with many opting to use the online service which is available 24 hours a day. This investment will cater for the shift in people’s reading habits and our service is keeping up with those trends by offering residents free access to books and magazines at all times via the digital app.” 

Visit the Council website at www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/libraries  or go direct to BorrowBox at https://fe.bolindadigital.com/westdunbartonshire

Cllr Dickson and Cllr McLaren with pupils from Gavinburn Primary school