Go digital – get online in a borough library

Release Date: 07 March 2018

There are 153 eMagazines and over 7,600 eBooks and eAudio books now available free from your Library Service.

The borough’s libraries have always been quick to provide digital content in the latest formats for customers, but over the past year even more resources have been added for the benefit of residents.  Across the borough’s 12 libraries there are more than 150 public computers with software enabling people to edit images, create CVs, email, print and search for jobs, or just keep in touch with family and friends. There is also a wealth of knowledge available free through the Online Information Library.

Over the past few years, over 4,000 free IT Taster Sessions have been held at Richmond Information and Reference Library, ranging from learning basic computer skills to how to shop online, use a laptop, tablet or smartphone, or how to research your family tree.

And now, thanks to an extensive eBook library – there are more than 6,300 eBooks available to download onto a tablet or eReader, plus eAudiobooks for listening.

All of this digital investment has helped boost the number of residents who use the internet and our libraries. And, last year, library customers in Richmond upon Thames logged an impressive 91,103 hours of internet use.

Cllr David Linnette, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Libraries, said:

“Our annual residents’ survey has shown how important and valued our library services are by residents and we therefore have continued to invest in all our libraries.

“We want to make sure our libraries are relevant, modern and provide services that people want. Although many people have access to the internet at home, there is still a significant number who either cannot afford to go online or are not confident at using computers

“Our local libraries offer people a wide range of free internet services, including access to family history research sites, newspaper and eMagazines.

“Richmond Council wants to make it as easy as possible for local people to venture online and make the most of our libraries.”

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Cabinet Member for Digital and Technology, said:

“Our libraries offer an extensive digital service. The days of having to physically go into a library to take out a book are long gone. Now, anyone can go online and download a book to their e-reader for free. All you need is a tablet. This not only saves residents money, but also can act as a life line to those residents who are housebound. E-books bring the library to you.”

For people who need help with computers, or want a quick refresher, Library Services offer a range of IT Taster Sessions. These include help to get started on a PC, using the internet, discovering social media, word processing and using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. All these sessions are free and can be booked either online or by visiting your local library

Find out more information about what Library Services offer:


Adults wishing to use the computers at your local library will need a Richmond Card.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P138/18

Updated: 16 March 2018