Lifelong learning in lockdown – quilt making

Today’s blog is written by Zoe from the Central Lending team. She tells us how she’s finding creative inspiration during this time of lockdown.

“Like many Lifelong Learning staff right now, I have a bit more time on my hands. I’ve put in a few shifts at the Hub schools, but back at home, there is only so much TV watching, baking, Spring cleaning and even reading I can do before the need for something more constructive kicks in.

I’ve always liked a hands-on project and luckily, the Library’s digital magazine services have come to my aid. Pressreader has proven to be a treasure trove of creative titles on subjects as diverse as photography, knitting, woodworking, painting and gardening.

This has inspired me to begin making a quilt by hand, from all the old child’s dresses, shirts and other scraps of fabric I have been squirrelling away for years, ‘just in case’. Quilt-making is something I would never have had the time to even contemplate under normal circumstances. But I have found it to be a very calming activity to do a little bit of each day, while listening to music or a podcast, and it’s very satisfying to see it gradually take shape. I’ve found plenty of online magazine titles on quilting and patchwork to guide me, ranging from beginner level to tackling more advanced techniques.

Zoe’s quilt takes shape

I’ve also enlisted my daughter’s help in stitching the pieces together, and that makes the whole project easier and more fun. The trade-off is that she’ll get to keep and use what will be a unique, useful and hopefully, a beautiful quilt.

If you feel similarly inspired to take up a new craft or hobby or to rediscover an old one, Pressreader and RBdigital are both well worth exploring.

And if you’d like to get involved with craft activities in a more social setting, there is an online craft group run by Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust. For those looking for a quick way to help out during the lockdown, the Trust is also looking for volunteers to help stitch face masks for key workers. If you’re interested, go to their online newsletter for more information.”

Access library services from home

Many of us will be staying indoors over the coming months due to the current health crisis. Edinburgh Libraries provide a range of online services that you can access from home that can help keep you occupied and entertained during these difficult times.

Library2go provides a fantastic range of free ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines that you can use on your tablet, smart phone or computer. Sign in using your Edinburgh Libraries membership number and PIN. Forgotten your PIN? Use our PIN Reset service. Not a library member? Use our online Join the Library service.

Newspapers – get access to your daily newspaper without leaving the house. You can get 250 UK newspapers including the Edinburgh Evening news, The Scotsman, The Herald, Scottish Daily Mail, The Guardian and the Daily Record on our PressReader service.

eBooks – thousands of best-selling books for adults, teens and kids can be found on OverDrive. Read through the OverDrive website your computer or with their brilliant Libby app on a phone or tablet.

Audiobooks – listen to best-selling books with fantastic narrators on our OverDrive, RBdigital, BorrowBox and uLIBRARY sites.These four downloadable audiobook services give you a wide range of adult, teen and children’s titles to choose from.

Magazines –  hundreds of UK and worldwide magazines are available to read through RBdigital and PressReader. So whether you’re in to Hello!, Amateur Gardening, Good Housekeeping, Auto Express, TV Times, BBC Good Food or Amateur Photography we’ve got it covered.

Please pass on this information to anyone you think might benefit from these services who maybe aren’t already members of the library. Or consider helping a relative or friend get started.

There are clear instructions on how to use all these services available from https://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk. Any further questions please contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or phone 0131 242 8047.

Libraries Week focus: enewspapers and magazines

It’s Libraries Week – a celebration of the nation’s libraries! This year we are celebrating the role of libraries in the digital world. Look out every day this week for a blogpost highlighting one of our fantastic digital services. Today is the turn of our online newspaper and magazine services.


Most people have a smartphone, tablet, or computer these days. One of the best uses you can put it to is accessing your daily newspaper for free. Edinburgh Libraries PressReader service has over 3000 full-spread online newspapers from all over the world, including 350 UK papers. Use your library card and PIN to login to the app or website from anywhere and get your paper before its even arrived at the newsagents.

 

Read today’s Scottish Daily Mail, Edinburgh Evening News, Scotsman, Guardian, Herald or The Edinburgh Reporter amongst hundreds of others.

 

As an added bonus you’ll find thousands of magazines available too so whether you’re into cars or cookery, computers or crafts you’ll find a wide range of magazines to suit you. Try our RBdigital service too for a quality selection of UK magazines with a huge archive of previous editions to indulge your cooking, crafting or gossip desires in.

Fantastic titles include  Hello!, New Scientist, Amateur Photographer,The Week, Amateur Gardening, Autoexpress, TV Times, BBC Good Food, Apple Magazine and Best.

Find full instructions for getting started at our Your Library website.

 

Digital Drop-ins

Need a wee hand getting started using our Library2go downloadable services? Or its been a while since you used them and you can’t remember the password? Fear not, help is at hand!  Come along to one of our digital drop-ins for friendly, easy to understand help with our downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.

We run the following regular sessions on the Mezzanine, Central Library –

  • Every Tuesday 2-3.30pm
  • Most Fridays 2-4pm (this session running 27 September to 13 December 2019)
  • First Thursday month 10.30am-noon

We’re also running a couple of sessions on a Saturday for those people who find it difficult to make it in during the week –

  • Saturday 12 October 11am-1pm
  • Saturday 12 October  1.30-3.30pm

So come armed with your tablet, phone or laptop and we’ll get you all set-up. Or just bring your questions and we’ll tell you all about our fantastic services!

Digital Magazine and Newspaper Service

From the 1 August we will be supplying your favourite magazines, and most newspapers, in digital format only.

We are doing this because we can offer you a much wider choice of titles from all over the world whilst making best use of our resources.

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The online service provides an incredible choice of UK and international newspaper and magazine titles.

RBdigital provides access to quality UK magazines titles. You can read Hello!, Amateur Photographer, BBC Good Food, TV Times, The Week, Amateur Gardening, Good Housekeeping …. and lots more RBdigital Magazine Titles

PressReader provides fantastic choice from thousands of Scottish, UK and International newspapers and magazines. You can read the Daily Mail, Edinburgh Evening News, The Guardian, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Daily Telegraph ….and lots more PressReader Newspaper Titles. PressReader Magazine Titles include Grazia, Computer Active, Auto Car, The People’s Friend and The Scot’s Magazine.

You can use these services anytime, anywhere, read in the library, download to your tablet or phone or stream online.

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For more information please speak to a member of staff at your local library. Full user instructions can also be found at online for magazines and newspapers.

Read Your Free Daily Newspaper

Most people have a smartphone, tablet, or computer these days. One of the best uses you can put it to is accessing your daily newspaper for free. Edinburgh Libraries PressReader service has over 3000 full-spread online newspapers from all over the world, including 350 UK papers. Use your library card and PIN to login to the app or website from anywhere and read up to 20 newspapers a day for free.

 

 

Read today’s Scottish Daily Mail, Edinburgh Evening News, Scotsman, Guardian, Herald or The Edinburgh Reporter amongst hundreds of others.

 

As an added bonus you’ll find thousands of magazines available too so whether you’re in to cars or cookery, computers or crafts you’ll find a wide range of magazines to suit you.

 

Find full instructions for getting started at our Your Library website.

 

Thank you Santa (and Edinburgh Libraries!)

Did Santa give you a lovely techie present for xmas? Well, if you did receive a new tablet or phone for Christmas, you can give yourself a further gift of free ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers!

Your Edinburgh Libraries membership card allows you to access an amazing range of downloadable services that will save you money and enhance your free time.

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Add the Libby app from OverDrive to your new device for the easiest access to thousands of quality, free ebooks for the whole family.

 

 

 


Audiobooks

Don’t sign up for expensive audiobook services – use our free ones instead! We have four brilliant apps giving you access to thousands of bestselling audiobooks.


 

 


Magazines

You’ll find it hard to leave your armchair after you discover our amazing range of downloadable magazines!

 

 

 

Newspapers
Read a huge range of daily newspapers for free with PressReader including Scottish, national and international titles.

 

 

 

You’ll find full instructions on how to get started on our Your Library website. Want a hand getting your device set up for using these services? Then pop in to one of our eBook Drop-in sessions on Tuesdays from 2-3.30pm or the first Thursday of the month from 10.30am-noon on the Mezzanine in the Central Library.

Top ten emagazines on PressReader

We usually promote our PressReader service for access to your daily newspaper. Recently though the number of UK magazines has increased to over 300 making it an essential resource for magazines too as well as your daily news. Here’s just a wee highlight of some of the brilliant titles available.

No.1  The Scots Magazine – a celebration of all things Scottish can be downloaded each month. You’ll also find Scottish Field and No.1 Magazine (a Scottish women’s lifestyle magazine) available too.

 

 

No.2  PlayStation Official Magazine is just one of an amazing array of titles for gamers including GamesMaster, Edge, PC Gamer, Xbox, Play, Retro Gamer, 110% Gaming and Games TM.

 

 

No.3  Your Chickens is probably one of the most eclectic titles available on PressReader! We’ve included it though to show you the breadth of subjects available – there really is something for everyone! Other hobby titles include Model Rail, Canal Boat, Bird Watching, Crime Scene, practical fishkeeping and Pilot.

 

 

No.4 History Revealed is perfect if you are a history buff. You’ll never run out of things to read on PressReader as it also includes BBC History, All About History and History of War.

 

 

 

No.5  Mac Life is just one of a huge range of computing magazines covering all formats.  You’ll also find MacFormat, Linux Format, Windows 7 Help, Maximum PC, .NET, T3, iPad & iPhone User, Computer Arts, Imagine FX, Focus, 3D World, Stuff, Web User, PC Pro, Tech Adviser, Computer Active, Custom PC and Linux User & Developer.

 

No.6 Auto Express is one of the most popular titles on PressReader. It’s just one of many motoring and biking magazines available. Also choose from Car, Fast Car, Fast Bike, Mini Magazine, Land Rover Monthly, Performance Vauxhall, Evo and Classic Cars.

 

 

No.7 Simply Knitting provides brilliant patterns and ideas to fuel your knitting addiction. PressReader has a brilliant range of crafting titles including Simply Crochet, Simply Sewing, Cross Stitch Gold, The Knitter, Papercraft Inspirations, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Cross Stitcher and Mollie Makes.

 

 

No.8  The Beano is the classic of children’s comics. So whether you are a kid or just reliving your childhood you can dip in to it for free on PressReader. Other children’s titles available include Horrible Histories, Commando, Denis the Menace & Gnasher’s Epic Magazine, WWE Kids and The Week- Junior.

 

 

No.9  NME is just one of a wide range of music style magazines that you can read online. Metal Hammer, Prog, Kerrang, Classic Rock, Uncut, Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, Computer Music, Q, Rhythm, Mojo and BBC Music are also available.

 

 

No. 10 Cycling Weekly keeps you bang up-to-date with the world of cycling. All things sporty can be followed on PressReader with magazines including Horse & Hound, Cycling Plus, Sport Cal, Procycling, Mountain Biking UK, Triathlon Plus, Late Tackle, FourFourTwo, Cyclist, Trial, 220Triathlon, Yachting World and World Soccer.

 

Visit our PressReader information pages today and find out how to get started with the app or website.

 

Top ten emagazines on RBdigital

If you are not using the newly up-dated RBdigital magazine service then you should really have a go! Checking out and reading emagazines is so straight forward and we’ve a fantastic range of over 100 titles. Want to know what our most popular titles are?

No.1  New Scientist is our most popular downloadable magazine by far – what a brainy bunch you are!  If science is your thing, you’ll also find Popular Science and Astronomy magazines available too.

 

 

No.2  Hello! has been the best selling feature of newsagents each week since 1988 and covers society and celebrity news. In a similar vein we’ve also got Vanity Fair UK and Tatler.

 

 

 

No.3  Auto Express is hugely popular, perhaps indicating how much our male library users like our downloadable services. If you like cars you can also get BBC Top Gear, EVO, MCN and What Car? magazines.

 

 

No.4  Amateur Photographer is available on a weekly basis and unbelievably popular with our readers. Its just one of a suite of photography magazines available on RBdigital including Aperture, Digital Camera World and Digital SLR Photography.

 

 

No.5  BBC Good Food is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach! If its not enough to quell your desires then checkout BBC Easycook, Delicious and Olive magazines. If they have a less than desirous effect on your waistline then there’s always Weight Watchers magazine too!

 

 

No.6  Webuser is just one of the many computing and technology magazines that are available on RBdigital. Also available are .net, Android Adviser, Apple Magazine, Computer Shopper, Focus, iPad & iPhone User, Mac World, PC Gamer, PC Pro, Stuff and Wired.

 

 

No.7  Grazia brings you celebrity news with thought-provoking, real-life features and fashion.  Why not also browse through Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and Red.

 

 

 

No.8  Good Housekeeping – a British classic and still going strong, reaching no. 8 in our most popular magazines. For more women’s classic magazines reach for Woman, Woman’s Own,Woman’s Weekly and Woman & Home.

 

 

No.9  Heat – its popularity displaying perhaps a love of gossip within our readership! For even more celebrity news check out Closer, Look, Now and OK!.

 

 

 

No. 10  TV Times finished off our top 10 and what a useful title to be able to get for free. You’ll also find the TV & Satelite Week available and if you like your screens bigger we’ve also got Empire and Total Film.

 

 

Visit our RBdigital information pages today and find out how to get started with the app or website.

Magazines galore!

Edinburgh Libraries has an amazing 500 British magazines for you to download (and thousands of international ones)!

We’ve two brilliant downloadable magazine services to choose from:

RBdigital – over 100 hand picked bestselling British magazines available on a super easy to use app or website. Download as many as you like and keep them forever.
PressReader – over 300 British and almost 3500 international magazines. Download up to 20 a day through the app or stream unlimited numbers through the website.

Use your library card to login on your tablet, smartphone or computer – there’s full instructions available on our Your Library website. You can use these services from anywhere so whilst on holiday or when your train gets suddenly delayed – you’ll never be stuck for something to read again!

 

 

Christmas magazine editions

The brilliant thing about Christmas is that most of us get a chance to sit down and put our feet up for a bit! If you can’t stand watching yet another Christmas movie then why not do a bit of digital magazine reading instead.

RBdigital magazines has a fantastic collection of Christmas magazine editions for you to overindulge in – the perfect thing to sit and read with a hot chocolate or mulled wine. And the best thing is they are completely free so you can still treat yourself even if you’ve got no money left after Christmas shopping!

Plan some Christmas meals with festive cooking magazine editions Get some decorating ideas with Christmas homes magazines

Plan that party outfit

Enjoy some beautiful reads

RBdigital is available to use through an app on your tablet or phone or on your computer. Full user instructions can be found on our Your Library website.

Magazines on PressReader

Usually it’s the newspapers on PressReader that get all the attention, but today its the magazines! Lots of new magazines have been added so now there are over 300 UK magazine titles available to download through the PressReader app or read online.

Scottish Interest

There is huge range of titles to choose from so whether you are into knitting, computing, cars or keeping chickens they’ll be something for you! To use the service just login with your library card number and PIN.

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Simply install the app on your Apple, Android or Windows device and you can download up to 20 magazines (or newspapers) a day. If you don’t have a tablet or smartphone, you can read unlimited titles on your computer.

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To find the UK magazines on PressReader, click on the UK button on the homepage and then on Publication Types and choose Magazines. You can then use the menu button (three vertical dots) to put the magazines in A-Z order, more popular or the most current.

Something for everyone

Need help getting started with PressReader? Then pop into our eResources Drop-in on Tuesdays from 2-3.30pm in the Central Library.

 

Edinburgh Zine Library opening in Art & Design Library

Come to the opening of the Edinburgh Zine Library (E.Z.L) on Wednesday 1st November. Established in August 2017 and located in the Art & Design Library, the E.Z.L is a collectively run reference library of contemporary zines.

Don’t know what a zine is? Come along to find out more, and why it’s important to collect and catalogue them!

The event runs from 4 – 7.30pm and you can drop in anytime. There’ll be zine making workshops (materials provided) as well as some short talks, a zine swap, space to browse the collection and chat to E.Z.L members and the opportunity to contribute a page to E.Z.L’s first collaboratively made zine!  Oh and cake! Lots of cake!

Practical stuff: The Art & Design Library is not wheelchair accessible and there is no level access – using the lift there is an additional twenty steps. There will be an area downstairs which is level access and where there will be a stall, seats, zines and members of E.Z.L to chat. Get in touch for more information at edinburghzinelibrary@gmail.com. Kids are welcome, however they require the supervision of a parent or guardian!

Find E.Z.L on social media for more info:
Insta: @edinburghzinelibrary
Twitter: @edzinelibrary
Facebook: @edinburghzinelibrary
www.edinburghzinelibrary.WordPress.com

Read all about it!

Did you know you can read over 4000 UK and worldwide newspapers and magazines for free on your tablet, phone or computer? From anywhere you can simply login to the  PressReader  app or website with your library card number and PIN to get access to today’s news 24/7.

With Edinburgh Libraries PressReader service you can access over 100 UK and Irish newspapers including today’s editions of the Edinburgh Evening NewsScotsmanScottish Daily MailThe Press and JournalThe Guardian and The Herald as well as over 100 UK magazines.

Publications from over 100 countries in 60 languages are available including from Poland, India, USA, France and China. Articles can be translated into 16 languages and you can also listen to today’s news by using Library PressReader’s Radio function which will read articles out to you.

PressReader has a small range of material for children too as it includes comics such as the BeanoHorrible Histories and Doctor Who Adventures. It also includes a newspaper aimed specifically at children – First News.

You’ll find full user instructions on our Your Library website.

Magazine madness

Well, you’d be mad not to use our magazine service. There’s no catch, just instant access to over 130 popular magazine titles for you to download and keep. It has an easy to use app and best of all its free.

So make good use your library card today and use RBdigital to get free digital access to magazines such as Hello!, New Scientist, Grazia, Amateur Photographer, Good Housekeeping and BBC Good Food.

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RBdigital is really easy to set up, works brilliantly (especially on tablets) and could of course save you a fortune in magazine subscriptions. Head over to our RBdigital page to see the full list of titles and find out how to get started.

Enjoy!

Need help?

Do you need help getting started with Edinburgh Libraries downloadable ebook, audiobook, magazine or newspaper services?

Or do you have a query about using any of the libraries online services?

Then come along with your device to our eresources drop-in session. We can help get you set up and take you through using our services step-by-step.

Drop into the acoustic pod on the Mezzanine in the Central Library on any Tuesday between 2 – 3.30pm.

Contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or 0131 242 8047 if you have any queries regarding this service.

Read the world with PressReader!

Did you know you can read over 4000 UK and worldwide newspapers and magazines for free on your tablet, phone or computer? From anywhere you can simply login to the PressReader website with your library card number and PIN to get access to today’s news 24/7.

With Edinburgh Libraries PressReader service you can access over 100 UK and Irish newspapers including today’s editions of the Edinburgh Evening NewsScotsmanScottish Daily MailThe Press and JournalThe Guardian and The Herald as well as over 100 UK magazines.

Publications from over 100 countries in 60 languages are available including from Poland, India, USA, France and China. Articles can be translated into 16 languages and you can also listen to today’s news by using Library PressReader’s Radio function which will read articles out to you.

PressReader has a small range of material for children too as it includes comics such as the BeanoHorrible Histories and Doctor Who Adventures. It also includes a newspaper aimed specifically at children – First News.

You’ll find full user instructions on our Your Library website.

Free magazines anyone?

Edinburgh Libraries online magazine collection just got even better! We’ve added 21 new titles to our Zinio service giving you a fantastic 130 popular magazines to choose from. New titles include:

Women’s magazines
Current affairs to motoring

Technology to men’s magazines

Check out the whole list of available titles as well as instructions about how to access Zinio on your device on our Your Library website.

Download your favourite magazines for Free

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Use your library card to set up an account with Zinio, and get free digital access to more than a hundred magazine titles including Hello!, New Scientist, Grazia, Amateur Photographer, Good Housekeeping and BBC Good Food.

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Zinio is really easy to set up, works brilliantly (especially on tablets) and could of course save you a fortune in magazine subscriptions. Head over to our Zinio page to see the full list of titles and find out how to get started.

Enjoy!

It’s Digital Reading Week!

digital-reading-week-logoAt Edinburgh Libraries we are having a week long celebration of digital reading!  With your library membership you can download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers all for free. So make the most of your tablet, smart phone or computer and get reading today! We’ll be doing a new blog post every day this week highlighting our digital reading services for you.

We are running two competitions as part of our celebration! Simply borrow an ebook or audiobook on OverDrive to be entered into a prize draw to win a Fire Tablet. Borrow an audiobook on BorrowBox and similarly you can win an iPad. These competitions will run from the 31st October till the 14th November.

So give yourself a treat (and maybe a new tablet!) and try out some of the following resources this week –

OVERDRIVE – over 10,000 ebooks and audiobooks for adults, teens and children to borrow 24/7

ZINIO – a great range of 116 popular magazines for men and women

PRESSREADER & PRESSDISPLAY – over 4000 Scottish and international newspapers and magazines to download

ONECLICKDIGITAL – great range of audiobooks for adults, teens and children

BORROWBOX – new and growing audiobook service for adults

Need help getting started –

1. Find Out How – download an instruction leaflet for your device from our Help Pages that will take you through using each of our services

2. Drop Into An Event – we’re running lots of digital events this week where you can come along and find out about our resources. Drop-in Surgery sessions are happening at Portobello, Sighthill, Newington, Wester Hailes, Blackhall, Craigmillar, Piershill, Stockbridge, Central and Colinton Libraries. Check out our Events Calendar to find out more.

3. Ask Us How – if you need a bit more support contact us on informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or tel 242 8047