Library service helps readers select books

Cheshire’s libraries are using a new order and collect service which predicts customers taste in books from information provided by the reader.

The scheme is in operation at Macclesfield Library, Poynton, Prestbury and Bollington.

It is aimed at those who enjoy reading a physical book and want to do so throughout lockdown, allowing them to request up to eight titles at a time.

To take part readers must call or email their library to say what subject they are interested in as well as leave contact details and library card number.

Authors and genres can also be specified and a collection time organised.

Councillor Mick Warren

Councillor Mick Warren, cabinet member for communities, said: “We are all adapting to different ways of living our lives during lockdown, so it’s a really positive thing to be able to adapt our services accordingly.

“I quite like the idea of our experienced librarians using their judgement to surprise our residents with choices.

“It’s a little bit like if you make a purchase on Amazon and it says, ‘if you liked this then you might also like these similar titles’.

“The new order and collect service enables residents to connect with their local library in a Covid-safe and secure way.”

Residents can use the service, which is running throughout Cheshire East, as many times as they like.

Staff cannot provide specific books requested but will try to provide the best possible matches.

Parents can use the service on behalf of children and people can collect for residents who are self-isolating.

Digital and online library services are also available.

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