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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Brent Libraries Online Offer

Part of the point of Brent Council's Libraries Transformation Project was to adapt to new technology.  We are still very early in this process, but it is likely to involve a better online service and more use of ebooks.  Indeed, it may become increasingly common for Brent Library users to search the library catalogue online, and download books over the Internet _ meaning that some people may not make a physical visit to a library at all.

The June figures for the Brent Libraries web site show an increase of 36% in views compared to the same period last year.  They also show a 65% increase in ebook downloads.  Both of those sound like big numbers, but I suspect we will shortly see a much bigger jump as ebooks become more established.

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