Try an online book from your local library while social distancing


IN these times of social distancing, you can enjoy books, audiobooks, movies and more through Wollongong City Libraries.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to decide on what to read or view or listen to next is visit the Council’s website. Search the Library catalogue for ideas on what you would like to download and enjoy wherever you are.

“Our libraries offer more than a million items that you can access online and download so there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy these while at home,’’ Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

“If you aren’t a library member, I suggest you visit our website and join the library now. You are missing out on a wonderful number of books, audiobooks, films and magazines. You can join online and best of all it’s free to join and free to download and borrow.”

Through the library website you can:

*  Download eBooks

*  Download and listen to audiobooks and eAudiobooks

*  Stream award winning movies and documentaries with Kanopy, a free on-demand film screening service

*  Read the latest eMagazines for free

*  And if you are stuck for suggestions on what to read next, the Library website offers an easy way to find a good read. This page offers ideas for fiction and non-fiction as well as Magpies, a guide to children’s literature.

*  You can also look at what the Library book clubs are reading

To join the library, visit the website, for an easy application using the button at the bottom of the page.


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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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