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Digital comics collection launched

10:24am - 23 April 2020

One in three Britons is reading more since Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the country on 23 March to stay at home during the coronavirus emergency, a survey by the Reading Agency shows.

And North Somerset libraries are expanding digital services as the UK public continue to stay at home.

Although library buildings are closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, online library membership is continuing to rise. As more people are looking at different ways to entertain themselves or their children, North Somerset libraries have continued to grow the collection of digital services so borrowers can always find something to read or listen to.

This week an exciting new online comics collection was launched, to join the existing free eBooks, eMagazines and audiobooks collections. Over 1,500 comics and graphic novels from top publishers are available for free including the Marvel favourites and other major brands including Disney, IDW and Dark Horse.

Library members can access an unlimited number of comics at a time. There are no waiting lists – titles are always available. The automatic checkout period is 30 days – if you haven’t finished reading a title, just check it out again. Parents and carers are encouraged to use the filters for content and should satisfy themselves that the titles are suitable for their child.

The digital comics can be downloaded and read through an app for tablet or smartphone, or read on a computer browser at the library's online database

North Somerset Council’s executive member whose portfolio includes libraries, Cllr Caritas Charles, said: “There should be something for everyone in this new comics collection, and this is in addition to the hundreds of titles added to the eBooks and eAudio collections just last week.

“If you’re not already a library member it’s easy to join online by signing up at the LibrariesWest website”.

More information on RB Digital comics, and other free eResources including eBooks, eMagazines, and audio books is available on the LibrariesWest website or on the North Somerset Council website.

People who are new to eBooks and other eResources can get help from library staff by email at libraries@n-somerset.gov.uk or by calling 01934 426 834.