In the local community
Accessible to everyone
13 branch libraries and a mobile library
Home library service, nursing
homes visits, reminiscence box,
mono mouse magnifier, audio
books, adaptive technology,
employment clubs, book groups
Facts and Figures 2012/13
Library visits = 684,694
Virtual visits = 371,677
Population of users with
library card = 41%
eBook issues = 6,169
Book issues = 371,538
PC sessions = 98,744
Free Computer Access
o Book a flight, check your email, update
your Facebook profile, renew your car
insurance, order prescriptions
o Printers and Scanners
o Apply for online jobs,
Catch the reading bug!
Bookbug Sessions are free, fun and friendly events
for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families
to enjoy together.
Enjoy full digital copies of your favourite magazines
for free on your PC, Mac mobile device.
Comprehensive study materials including the entire
official test question bank and an online version of the
Hazard perception simulator with video clips in the same
format as the official test.
Free for library members.
Have a knit and a natter, book groups,
games workshop, photography exhibitions,
Working with local
Discover Reading, Discover Information,
Carnegie medal and Kate Greenway medal,
mobile visits to remote smaller schools,
Working with local
Our Library Management
System has been rolled out
to five of the eight South
Schools enabling the
pupils to take full
advantage of all our library
We still have books!
Search for a title, download it, reserve it,
renew it, review it
read, renew, request
o Gain instant library access
with the South Ayrshire
Libraries mobile app.
o Now you can find a title,
reserve, borrow or renew it,
straight from your mobile.
search for „South Ayrshire Libraries‟
What are eBooks?
eBooks are downloadable
books which you can read
and audio books which you
can listen to on a computer
and / or on a mobile device
such as: an eBook reader,
mobile phone, iPod, iPad or
Books & eAudio
o Easy to use, users can choose
lending period, available 24/7, no
o No returns
See Book. Read Book
OverDrive Read is a new in-browser eBook reader. It
works just like any eBook reading app, except you
don’t need to activate or install extra software.
o All you need is a computer, tablet, or
mobile device with a modern web
o Your eBooks are stored in the cloud,
which means you can read across a
number of different devices and your
eBooks will sync so that you don‟t
lose your place.
OverDrive Media Station
Showcases our entire
eBook collection in-house
Patrons can touch and
swipe to browse and
sample any title
Patrons can send any title
from an OverDrive Media
Station to their favourite
device for checkout using
a QR code, email or SMS
Should libraries offer eBooks?
o The answer is a resounding “yes”!
o The service has raised the library profile in the local area.
o New users include many people who had previously thought that the library
had nothing to offer.
o It appeals to younger members – and our eBook Twilight series can‟t
be lost / stolen or soaked in the bath!
o It is socially and geographically inclusive – nursing homes, the visually-
impaired and includes those that even the mobile library doesn‟t reach!
o Shift workers.
Keep up-to-date with news, events and competitions
on our library and local history blogs
o APSE finalists
o Cosla Silver Medal Award
o OverDrive‟s International
Marketing Award 2010
First Public Library service in Scotland to offer:
o eBooks and eAudio
First Library service in Europe to allow patrons to access:
o eBooks via an OverDrive Media Station
First Public Library service in the world to publish an
o Records of the Ayrshire Militia from 1802 to 1883, available for
sale on Amazon
o Crooks in the Nooks MP3 audio tour of Old Ayr
South Ayrshire Libraries
were invited to write a
chapter for this
This book will be sold into Library Schools
throughout the world and will be available
from November 2013.
Future of Libraries?
Much talk of the “death of the printed book”.
More books than ever are being published in paper
With the ever-increasing number of eBooks being
published, it adds up to more words being written,
published and read than ever before.
We are all in a 24 / 7 virtual information age.
Libraries are vital for bridging the IT divide.