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#CultureinQuarantine and #librariesfromhome

Like other venues across Southampton, libraries are temporarily closed and must remain so until government advice makes it clear that it is safe to re-open and we can welcome you back.

But the show must go on and we are working hard to develop new ways of sharing and engaging with you via our online platforms.  Offers such as ‘Staying in Touch’, ‘Home Learning’ to ‘Boredom Busters’, ‘Familiar Faces’ and ‘Storytelling’ look out for new content on our website and social media channels over the coming weeks.  

These are uncharted waters for us all and, as always, we welcome your ideas, contributions and feedback. 

We’d also love to find out what cultural activities you are doing at home – perhaps you are drawing, making, baking, creating or learning something new? Share this with us via #CultureinQuarantine and #librariesfromhome and feel free to tag or contact us via our social media channels; @SotonLibraries on twitter and @SouthamptonCityLibraries on Facebook.

This is a challenging time and we are committed to doing our utmost to support Southampton and its communities. Remember stay at home, stay safe and stay well!

Cllr Kaur, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Homes:

Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture said "During this time, it is important people have access to the essentials, but also take care of their physical and mental health. For many, Culture plays a valuable role in this and is an important part of people's daily lives. The cultural sector in Southampton are rising to the challenge, and Southampton City Council's much loved libraries, museums, gallery are offering a range of #CultureinQuarantine activities that local individuals and families can enjoy from their homes during these difficult times. From children's story rhyme times, boredom busters, to virtual access to our accredited collections; there's lots to get involved, enjoy and bring us together."

eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital publications

eBooks and eAudiobooks are electronic versions of books and audiobooks, library members can read and listen to books online through our two services called Borrowbox and RBdigital. Not a library member? Join online now!



There's nothing like having a new app that transforms how you use your local library and Borrowbox does just that. Providing access to eBooks and eAudiobooks, you can download up to 10 of each for free for 21 days.

Listen to eAudiobooks and read eBooks on your portable device, tablet, or phone using the Borrowbox App once signed in with your library card number and pin. 



Built by Recorded Books, RBdigital is a state-of-the-art platform and app providing access to a broad array of  e-audiobooks.

You can download up to 6 eAudiobooks for free for 21 days and listen to them via your portable device, tablet, or phone using the Borrowbox App once signed up to the service with your library card number.



PressReader lets you enjoy the convenience of accessing all your favourite newspapers and magazines online, conveniently through one website or app, without ads, paywalls or incomplete snippets. With over 7,000 global publications available in a wide range of languages and broad back catalogues dating back years.

You can read them on your computer, smartphone or tablet for free but will need your library card number to access this service.

Story and rhyme time goes digital!

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We miss reading stories to you and singing rhymes with you so we're taking them online! We'll be posting up two #DigitalStoryTime and #DigitalRhymeTime videos weekly, on the Southampton City Libraries Facebook page for the foreseeable future. 

So expect a new video of a familiar library face reading you and your little ones stories or asking you to sing along to your favourite rhymes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays!

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