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Libraries in Tarbert, Liniclate and Stornoway have been open with their new 'Connect & Collect' service for several weeks now, and it is proving to be very popular, organisers say. 

They explains: "While it is not the same as being able to browse the shelves to select your own books, but still a brilliant way for people to stock up on their essential reading. It’s easy to do!

CONNECT with the library to ask for your books. You can either place a request for the particular books you would like via the online catalogue or ask the library staff to select some for you.  This can be done by phone, email or completing one of the online Connect & Collect forms.

Once that is done, you can COLLECT your items from your library.

Public libraries are only open reduced hours at the moment, but you can drop in any time we are open to return your books, and collect some more.

They say: "We are ordering wonderful new books all the time, so follow us on Facebook to find out about the tantalising new books as they arrive.  You can also request DVDs, large print and audio books as well.

"We are really keen to see more children and families asking for bags of books.  It can be particularly frustrating for young readers to have people selecting books for them, but think of it as getting a treasure chest of surprises each time you visit. 

"If we don’t have the books you are looking for, just ask and we’ll do our best to get them in for you.

Iain Mackenzie shows off the new library bags

To celebrate Connect & Collect, we have also launched a library ‘bag for life’ - the perfect way to carry your books to and from the library.

For those who aren’t suffering from digital overload and exhaustion at the moment, we still have our eLibrary of eBooks and eAudio books available at anytime, anywhere.

If you would like help with accessing the eLibrary, or would like to become a member, get in touch and we can help you.

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