Shropshire’s libraries keep up their online presence during COVID-19

This article is more than 3 months old. Please read this page keeping its age in mind.

Shropshire libraries are offering an e-Library and ‘Summer Reads’ event to help during the current pandemic.

Reading iPad - generic - pixabay

The UK has been in lockdown since March and Shropshire’s libraries have been physically closed since then as well. However, bookworms should not fear too much as Shropshire’s libraries are keeping up an online presence, including a free e-Library and a new reading challenge.

Libraries can play an important role in people’s lives, as Councillor Lezley Picton, Culture, Leisure, Waste and Communications Cabinet Member, understands: “…people desperately miss being able to visit their local libraries, whether that be for borrowing books, using the IT facilities, attending events and activities, or just having a chat with library staff”.

Planning is now underway for the phased reopening of both library buildings and mobile libraries from the beginning of next month at the earliest, with more news to come about that over the coming weeks and the priority being safety.

Still, for now at least, some online services are available, most impressively an e-Library, available for free for those with library cards.

People who live, study or work in Shropshire can sign up for a free library card online at: and immediately be able to use many library services, including e-Books.

Shropshire Summer Reads

Shropshire’s libraries have also recently launched Shropshire Summer Reads. In this new challenge for adults, contenders who submit reviews of four books over the summer will be in with the chance of winning book vouchers to spend in local independent book shops.

“It’s up to you which books you read – we suggest you choose from your own shelves, download titles from our e-Book and e-Audio library, or come and borrow again when we reopen,” says Mirka Duxberry, Library Development Manager. The challenge is running until the 12 September 2020.

So with these and more online resources available, readers should be able to enjoy many of the services of Shropshire’s libraries in the comfort and safety of their own homes at least until they physically reopen, if not afterwards as well.

The e-Library is available at:

Rowan Hall
Rowan contributes articles to Shropshire Live. A Law undergraduate who lives in the county. He is currently studying Global Law at Queen Mary University of London and has a particular interest in writing about local government.
Advertise with us for £50 per week

Advertisement Feature

Have you future proofed your business?

Preparing your business for the future is as important as focussing on the here and now.
- Advertising -
Advertise with Shropshire Live for £50 per week
A firefighter works to remove the broken glass panel. Image: Craig Jackson / @SFRS_cjackson

Shrewsbury town centre road closed as glass falls from shopping centre

A Shrewsbury town centre road was closed to traffic and pedestrians today after glass fell from a panel at the rear of the Darwin Shopping Centre.

Man charged with Telford assault

A man has been charged with assault after an attack that took place in Arleston in Telford on Sunday. The incident occurred at around 1.30pm on Sunday 20 September...

New drive-in mobile testing unit to open in Telford

A coronavirus drive-in mobile testing unit is set to open in Telford and Wrekin at Randlay Valley Car Park today.
Shropshire Academy cricketers line up in their new training kit with Brad Thornton, front left, the NBC Group’s head of purchasing, and company director Peter Thornton

Shropshire’s Academy cricketers receive new training kit thanks to the support of NBC Group

Promising cricketers representing Shropshire County Cricket Club’s Academy have a smart new training kit thanks to the generous sponsorship of a county company.

Match Report: Shrewsbury Town 3 – 0 Newcastle United U21

Shrewsbury Town begin their EFL Trophy campaign with a convincing win against Newcastle United’s U21 side.

Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town V Newcastle United U21

Shrewsbury Town open their EFL Trophy campaign with a home match against Newcastle’s developmental side.
- Advertising -

New website service to help small businesses compete online

Professionally-built websites are set to become an affordable option for small businesses thanks to Telford website experts.
Charlotte Rogerson

New partner appointed at Berrys Shrewsbury office

Property, business and planning firm Berrys has appointed a new partner at its Shrewsbury office.
Reech Head of Design Adam Preece with Simon MacDonald

Reech Media launches new website and branding for Ultimate

Reech Media has launched a new brand and website for Shrewsbury based fitness and events company, Ultimate.
The pop-up shop at the Greenhous West Midlands Showground is open this weekend

Rural Charity creates giant pop-up shop

Shropshire’s Rural Charity has created a pop-up shop at the Greenhous West Midlands Showground to help clear some of the donations it has received.
Penelope Timmis

Shropshire Artist’s work included in prestigious Royal Academy event in London

A professional Shropshire artist has had her work auctioned at the annual Private View of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London this September.
Breakfast presenter James Levett (left) in the Gorgeous FM studio

New LGBTQA+ radio station prepares to launch across Shropshire

A brand new LGBTQA+ radio station is set to launch on digital radio across Shropshire later this month.
- Advertising -
The Iron Bridge will be illuminated on both Saturday and Sunday evening

Iron Bridge and the Gorge to be lit up this weekend

As part of the popular “Festival of Imagination”, people can see a ‘night of light’ in Ironbridge this weekend, celebrating the area’s World Heritage Site status.
Jan Park, Vice Chair, in her studio

Art trail extended with new exhibition after record-breaking year

The Secret Severn Art Trail is being extended with an exciting new exhibition after the number of visitors and sales of artists’ work for the 10-day event broke all previous years’ records.
Traders in around The Square have said the music has been a great success

Music in The Square extended into September

Live music in the centre of Shrewsbury has been declared an outstanding success, with the scheme being extended into September.
Karen Lee and Sian Ryan of The Walnut celebrating the awards

Wellington’s Walnut wins national award

Staff at a Wellington restaurant are celebrating after hearing it has won two top accolades.
Beth Heath of Shropshire Hamper Company

New hamper company celebrates great Shropshire food

Shropshire Festivals are bringing local food companies together with the launch of the Shropshire Hamper Company in time for Christmas gift buying.
The Furnace Kitchen

Furnace Kitchen wins major award

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s Furnace Kitchen run by celebrity chef Marcus Bean has scooped a major award.
- Advertisment -

Advertisement Feature


few clouds
12.1 ° C
12.8 °
11.1 °
58 %
20 %
12 °
11 °
12 °
18 °
14 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -