Block Island Times

Online library services available

The following was forwarded to The Block Island Times by Library Director Kristin Baumann:
High Demand for Digital Library Services in Rhode Island
Libraries are busier than they’ve ever been right now.
While public library buildings are closed, Rhode Island’s public libraries continue to offer vital 24/7 digital services to their communities. Through their public libraries and AskRI, public libraries have access to digital books, magazines and newspapers and a wealth of online learning tools.  From the comfort of home, Rhode Island residents have full access to:
125,000+ ebooks and digital audiobooks in Ocean State Libraries’ eZone.
Encyclopedias for all ages, including
English and Spanish editions in AskRI
Millions of full text articles for students and online learners in AskRI.
Online learning tools to learn a language or to prepare for a test in AskRI
Access all these resources are more via the Ocean State Libraries website:
Library card sign-ups have increased by 167%!  Prior to this crisis, OSL received an average of 9 applications each day.  Since public library buildings closed, this average has grown to 24 applications each day with a recent high of 55 applications on March 23!
Ebook and digital audiobook use

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