Trafford Libraries 'buck national trend'

Trafford's library users are relishing the many opportunities their local library offers them, with more items than ever before now being borrowed.

Gone are the days when the only choice was to visit a library to borrow a book. Nowadays, thanks to the development of a wide range of e-services, the choice of items and ways to borrow, is making library services more appealing and accessible.
Digital item borrowing now accounts for five per cent of the total and thanks to the recent introduction of the new 'library in one app' - Borrowbox, which means eBooks and eAudiobooks can be borrowed 24/7 - it is expected that this is likely to increase in the coming years.

Trafford's e-resources now include books, audio books, comics and magazines. In addition, local libraries offer other services, including language courses.

Trafford Council's Corporate Director of Transformation and Resources, Joanne Hyde, said: "Our libraries have always been popular and it is positive to see their popularity reaching new levels.

This is thanks in no small part to our innovative way of working and collaborative approaches to sharing resources to make Trafford's offer to local residents stronger.

Thanks to increased use of e-resources, the Council's commitment to continue to develop, improve and extend these services and borrowing opportunities we are able to ensure our new ways of working are totally compatable and appropriate for the current and future needs and expectations of our library users. 

The importance of this is clear, we all lead hectic lives, so making it easy for people to access library services from the comfort of their homes, workplaces or anywhere else, day or night, is essential."

Anyone wanting further information about the range of services available at Trafford's libraries, including how to obtain Borrowbox, can visit, or enquire at their local library.

Posted on Friday 7th April 2017