VIRL boosts digital resources for customers during temporary in-branch suspension

With in-branch services at the Vancouver Island’s Regional Library temporarily suspended, the library’s digital resources and services have taken centre stage, keeping customers engaged, entertained and informed.

“Since offering online registration we have had more than 1,300 new people sign up for membership,” said David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives. “These customers can now access hundreds of eBooks, audiobooks, stream music and television shows, and use our brand-new crafting platform, Creativebug.”

Creativebug offers customers unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes, and award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists, anytime, anywhere.

“The response from customers using this new platform has just been phenomenal,” said Emily Mathews, VIRL’s Divisional Manager of Collections and Support Services. “Whether you’re just getting started with crafting or are an experienced DIYer looking for new and creative ideas, or searching for some fun and engaging activities for the family, Creativebug has so many rich and engaging projects to offer.”

VIRL has also increased the number of available eBook and eAudiobook titles, offered Wi-Fi services, in most cases 24/7, outside all VIRL branches, and increased access to their popular streaming TV and film platforms Acorn TV and Kanopy.

“And that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said Carson. “We have also assembled an Alternate Services team to put more exciting online programs in motion for customers including a new One Book. One Community program, story time, and a professional video series, so stay tuned!”

To keep up with the latest from VIRL, be sure to sign up for their Well Read e-Newsletter, packed full of the latest updates on collections, resources, and amazing stories sent in by customers from all over Vancouver Island.



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