Key Library Services that will be lost if PBL is shut
The networked ESCC library computer system has a front page that makes it easy for residents to find local social services and support such as community information, law and rights information, benefits information, financial support, job searching, support for non-UK nationals, council and government services, volunteer opportunities, health resources, theory test pro and scam prevention resources.
There are many services available through this front page which are only available through the library, such as the ability to read online all of your favourite magazines and newspapers, and access to various historical archives. You can use Atomic training to learn how to use the most popular computer software including Microsoft, Apple and Google products.
There is also a vast range of online research you can access which is only available through libraries.
The system is accessible for people with visual impairments.
In addition to this there are several online subscriptions which are paid for centrally by ESCC and are therefore free to residents, such as Microsoft Office (word, excel, powerpoint, publisher, access etc), Ancestry, Find My Past, the British Newspaper Archive, Times and Sunday Times Digital Archive, Bodleian membership and Which online consumer advice.
The annual cost of these subscriptions purchased annually would be:
Microsoft Office 365 (3 users) £338.40
Find my Past £120.00
British Newspaper Archive £80.40
Times and Sunday Times Digital Archive £312.00
Bodleian membership £38.00
Which subscription £93.00
Total = £1,101.68 PER RESIDENT
You can get practical help using the IT equipment through the computer buddies scheme.
Books can be ordered from the huge stock of both the ESCC library service and the British library.
You can also ask for ESCC to buy a book to add to the library system for just 60p. When you’ve finished with it someone else can borrow it. This means that people on a low income can access whatever books they want, even newly released books, at minimal cost.
There is a ‘books on prescription service’ where your GP can write a prescription for a book that may assist you with your medical condition. The library will get the book in for you.
The library has books in larger print so they are accessible to people with visual impairments, and they also have books for people with dementia to help combat memory loss. They have books that are ‘super-readable’ for people with ADHD and dyslexia. All of these health benefits would be lost if PBL was to close.