As you follow guidance to stay at home, see what our online library offers

Those familiar with North Yorkshire’s digital library will know it’s a treasure trove of stories, news, magazines and comics, reference works and educational resources.

Those who don’t know it might want to use this time when you have to stay at home to discover it. It offers something for every member of the family.

There are also opportunities to investigate our County Record Office website and our adult learning and skills service is developing distance learning resources.

While library branches around the county are closed as part of the initiative to combat the spread of Covid-19, all the digital services are freely available all day every day.

We’re anticipating increased demand for e-books and e-audio, so have placed an order to make more copies available.

You can choose from thousands of e-book and e-audiobook titles, from new releases to bestsellers to classics.

If you can’t get your favourite magazine at the moment, try our free-to-download collection, which covers a wide range of interests from astronomy to gardening, fashion to cars, cycling to football, cinema to music and many in between.

And you don’t need to go without a newspaper while staying at home, because our PressReader gives instant online access to today’s regional, national and international newspapers and magazines from more than 120 countries in more than 60 languages.

If you have children at home – or an adult who enjoys stories with pictures – we offer thousands of comics and graphic novels, including those from major publishers such as Marvel, IDW, Disney and Dark Horse.

To make reading run for children, we offer Ziptales, which features interactive stories with voiceovers, animations, games, quizzes and more.

For anyone who needs or wants to learn at home, to carry out research or investigate a new interest, we have a wealth of online information resources, from the Encyclopaedia Britannica to Who's Who, and including sections on music and arts, biographies and newspaper archives. 

There is also business information support from COBRA, which includes advice to businesses, with factsheets, market reports, contacts and sources of funding as well as Government support for businesses in the current crisis.

There’s also advice for anyone needing to apply for Universal Credit.

All of these can be found in our digital services. To use them, you will need your library card number and PIN number. If you do not know your PIN, call 01609 533878 and one will be issued.

If you are not a library member and wish to join, just ring the same number.

For anyone who borrowed books, DVDs or CDs from a library before the closure, the loan period for all physical items has been extended to three months, so there is no need to worry about accruing fines.

The County Record Office

Anyone with an interest in local history might want to explore the material available on the County Record Office’s web pages.

While the office in Northallerton is closed, its online shop remains open at present and is able to fulfil orders.

In addition, the online catalogue offers descriptions of the archive’s collections and further catalogues will be added during the closure.

The archive’s project pages offer a fascinating insight into some of the work officers have undertaken, with volunteer support, in recent years. This includes Attics and Acres, which focuses on the archive of the Graham family of Norton Conyers, and Grounds for Appeal, which makes available the North Riding Military Tribunal Papers for 1916 to 1918, examining the appeals of men who wished to defer their military service or who conscientiously objected to it.

The parish registers and school admission registers for North Yorkshire, which are held by the County Record Office, are also available on Find My Past for those with subscription or who choose a pay-per-view option.

Let’s keep North Yorkshire learning

We don't want you to stop learning if you don't want to. Over the course of the next couple of months, our adult learning and skills service will be sharing with you some of our distance learning resources, which will allow you to learn within the comfort of your own home.

We will also be sharing family learning activities, resources and art and craft ideas, which those of you who are home-schooling may find useful.

We will share exercising tips and ways to try to look after your mental health and wellbeing during these uncertain times.

Watch out for updates on the adult learning service’s social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you wish to share any ideas, please send a Facebook message.

If you have questions, please contact the adult learning service at these email addresses:

Nationwide cultural initiatives

You can look beyond North Yorkshire while following the guidance to stay at home to pursue your interests or develop new ones. Many arts and cultural organisations have launched digital initiatives to make sure extraordinary national collections and performances can be enjoyed by everyone.

Initiatives include: