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BUDGET: Funding to expand digital library programs

THE digital evolution of Somerset Libraries continues with the 2019/20 council budget including more money for e-books, e-audio books and wi-fi.

The move means library members will be able to borrow from an expanding collection of about 5,100 e-books and 1,600 e-audio books, viewing or streaming content on mobile and desktop devices.

Free wi-fi will also continue to be offered at Somerset Libraries branches at Esk, Kilcoy, Lowood and Toogoolawah.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said today’s $48.2 million budget would support important library services and programs for people of all ages.

“Modern libraries have moved beyond books, and council continues to invest in programs which make the most of digital technology,” Cr Lehmann said.

“This budget includes more than $900,000 for libraries, and ongoing funding for our e-book and e-audio book programs provides library members with the convenience of around-the-clock access to digital content.

“Initiatives like this complement the wide range of programs, workshops, activities and information sessions we already offer at our libraries, making them meeting points and community hubs for people across the Somerset region.”

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