On a suitably sunny spring morning the Home Library Service held a ‘Spring into Spring’ event at Church Street Library for its members.
There were guest speakers and demonstrations on:
- falls prevention
- keeping safe in the home
- chair exercise
- hand massage
There was also the opportunity to use laptops and tablets to find out how to access library and council information online, and to get to grips with downloading free e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines from the library.
Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to find out useful information,(including transport options in Westminster) and to try something new. The chance to chat over a bite to eat was welcome as it is not easy for Home Library Service members to get out and about. New friends were made, phone numbers exchanged and members left with lots of information and new opportunities!
“Thank you for a delightful day full of exciting information”
“ We learnt many useful tips about various areas where help is available…”
“ Lovely… good company… most helpful with email and using my tablet…”
“Please could we have more events like this – I feel 20 years younger being brought out to this sort of thing!”
The Home Library Service will hold its next Spring into Spring event at Pimlico Library on 21 April.
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Tagged 24/7, Church Street, e-audiobooks, e-books, e-magazines, ebooks, exercise, Falls Prevention Service, HLS, Home Library Service, learning, massage, online, safety, transport
We’re delighted to announce that our new ebook service is now live and ready to use. The 3M Cloud Library is incredibly easy – try it and see.
We’ve offered ebooks for some time, but now we’ve moved to a bigger, better and above all easier to use service. For those of you who are already fans of ebooks from Westminster Libraries, you can continue to use the ‘old’ service alongside the new one for a while. Gradually the stock will be transferred across to 3M and eventually the westminster.libraryebooks.co.uk site will be phased out.
Here’s what you need to do to use ebooks:
- Download the app
Download the ‘3M Cloud Library App’ from the Apple App Store, Google Play, NOOK Storefront or install the PC or Mac 3M Cloud Library Apps.
- Log in to your library
Using the drop down menu, select GB – England – Westminster Libraries. Click to agree to the terms and conditions, enter your library card number and PIN (if required).
- Browse, check out and read!
Now you are ready to browse, check out and read ebooks from your local library.
You can find out more on our ebooks page.
No fines, no late returns (ebooks automatically return after 14 days, but you can borrow again if no one has reserved the book), just lots to read.
We would like to wish all our customers a happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Our library services are now closed for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, reopening at the usual times on Saturday 27 December. We will close at 5.00pm on New Year’s Eve, 31 December, and reopen on Friday 2 January 2015.
As usual, even though the buildings may be closed, the 24/7 Library is open.
You can download library e-books, e-magazines and e-audiobooks at any time, so if you need amusement during the holiday period or if you receive an e-reader from Father Christmas, free books from your library are never far away!
And if you’re wrestling with one of the fiendish crosswords and quizzes often published at this time of year, need to settle a trivia argument with a family member, or indeed are studying for exams in January – don’t forget our fantastic library of online resources for library members.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Posted in Online
Tagged 24/7, Christmas, closure, e-audiobooks, e-books, e-library, e-magazines, e-reader, New Year, online, reference
If you are, did you know that you can borrow e-books from the library – free?
We have a great selection and all you need to do is use your library membership (if you’re not a member, join now) and sign up for the e-book service.
It’s that simple (unless you have a Kindle… read more below). We’ve even provided a gift card you can include with your gift as you wrap it!
Here’s what David, a recently retired library member, thinks of the service:
“I love books and reading, sometimes as an alternative to TV and video, sometimes inspired by a TV show, but usually in addition to the TV programmes I choose to watch. I have discovered that I can cope easily with multiple formats! And while I still borrow and buy physical books, I now regularly download and read e-books. With my iPad I can see the news, watch TV or video, listen to music, send emails, and READ BOOKS! I no longer have to carry books around with me when on the move, or even from one room to the next. I can have lots of books with no extra weight. I can read a few pages wherever I am.
Now not all books are available in an e-format, and the joy of browsing the physical shelves is removed. But how about this – without having to leave the comfort of your home, you can go online to the Westminster Libraries e-books service, find titles or authors that suit your taste and download them to your device absolutely free of charge. After two weeks, the items automatically delete themselves so there’s no risk of overdue charges, and an incentive to get to the last page before the two weeks are up! There are lots of titles to choose from, and new ones are regularly added. The process is straightforward, and you can create wishlists and reserve titles, and have a reminder of what you have previously read. All in all another great aspect of our library service. Thank you Westminster!”
So if you’re giving someone an e-reader for Christmas, pop into the library and pick up one of the cards about the e-book service to help them get started – and your loved one can download loads of free books on Christmas Day!
Note to Kindle users: Unfortunately Amazon do not allow library e-books to be used on their eReaders. However, you can read our titles on an Amazon tablet – the Kindle Fire – though you have to download an app to do so: Find out more about downloading library e-books to a Kindle Fire.
Posted in Books, Online
Tagged books, Christmas, e-books, e-reader, iPad, Kindle, Kindle Fire, online, reading, tablet
We’re delighted to announce the arrival of Westminster Libraries’ new e-book service! You can now download e-books for free onto your computer, smartphone, e-book reader or tablet.
Over 1600 titles are currently available with more being added every week.
Titles include How to Bake by Paul Hollywood, Booker Prize shortlisted A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, Icons of England by Bill Bryson, Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child and other titles by best selling crime writers.
We also have Lonely Planet travel guides, self help titles (covering job hunting, starting a business and health and wellbeing), cookery books and much much more!
The collection is available at any time of the day or night. To start borrowing e-books today visit www.westminster.gov.uk/ebooks/ and follow the instructions. You’ll need your library card number and pin/password (the same ones you use to renew your books online). If you’re not a member, it’s easy to join. If you are a member but don’t have a password for your card, please contact your library to get one.
It’s really that simple!