SERVICES AT THE LIBRARY
The free loan of printed books, ebooks, and audio books.
A selection of family & children’s DVDS. Available for a small weekly rental fee.
Use of the library’s computers. Sessions are free to library members for up to two hours; sessions may be booked in advance.
Free access via the library’s computers to:
* Ancestry Library Edition
* Which? Magazine online
* 1.5 million academic articles
* Current and back issues of UK newspapers
* The Times Digital Archive, 1785 – 1985
* The British Film Institute online encyclopaedia of British film and television, featuring hundreds of hours of film and television clips
The ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ and other programs to help develop children’s reading skills.
Support for life-long learning: access to textbooks, manuals, how-to books, academic papers, market research, and a wide range of specialist publications.
Support for the elderly: studies show rural libraries play an important role in preventing social isolation.
Support for those coping with physical or mental illness: access to up-to-the-minute health information in print and digital form. The library’s ‘Reading Well Book on Prescription’ scheme offers self-help reading for a range of common mental health conditions.
Home book delivery to the house-bound. Librarian Erica Loram brings books to right to the door of those unable to come to the library due to age, illness, or mobility issues.
Support for Book Groups: the library provides help with reading lists, book group guidelines, and book ordering.
West Devon Connect drop-in sessions: twice monthly sessions with a Council representative for advice on all public service issues.
In addition to all of the services offered at the library itself, there are many things you can do online from a home computer if you have a library card:
* Search the library’s catalogue
* Order inter-library loans Reserve a book
* Renew a book
* Ask a librarian for information (seven days a week, at any time of day or night)
* A library membership entitles you to following online resources :
Free loans of febooks and audiobooks (for children and adults), downloaded directly from the Devon Library Service’s website.
Free access on your home computer to:
* COBRA: an online business information resource containing small business fact-sheets, guides and sector-specific reports
* Transparent Languages: courses in over 80 languages
* British Standards Online
* Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
* The John Johnson collection: an archive of printed ephemera
* The Naxos Music Library
* 19th Century British Newspapers: 48 national & regional papers
* 19th Century British Pamplets Online
* The Oxford English Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary of Biography, and the Oxford Reference Online
The Devon Library Service website is at www.devon.gov.uk/index/cultureheritage/libraries.htm