Western Cape library cardholders can now access e-books and audiobooks via the Libby App. The province hopes to reach a wider audience with the offering.
Readers in the Western Cape will no longer have to head down to their local library to get their hands on books – unless they want to, of course – as the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, via the provincial Library Service, officially launched an e-book service on Tuesday, 17 August.
The service will provide public library users across the province with access to digital and audiobooks.
The Western Cape government said the demand for online reading has increased over the last few years and therefore it is now part of the offering at its public libraries.
“With the e-book offering, we can now reach a wider audience, especially those who are unable to physically travel to their local library to borrow books,” said MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais.
“Through this new initiative, we hope to grow our culture of reading, as many more community members will now be able to have free access to online reading material, as long as they are registered library users,” added the MEC.
Overdrive, a global reading platform, is facilitating the e-book system in the Western Cape. Library patrons can use the new Libby App – which is available on smartphones and other mobile devices – to download books.
The Overdrive catalogue has a variety of e-books and audiobooks that are always accessible. “This website contains genres of fiction, non-fiction, suspense, thrillers, romance, mystery and literature,” said the province.
The service comes with a search option that will help users find the exact books they’re looking for and the e-books will be available in English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans. The Department said anyone wanting to access the service is encouraged to sign up with their local library.