This year’s Get Online Week campaign will take place from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 October 2021.
The campaign encourages people to get online and ensure nobody is excluded from the opportunities the digital world has to offer.
The Knowsley Libraries Service will be highlighting different online resources throughout Get Online Week, with library staff also on hand to help you get started on your digital journey.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “There are so many free services our residents can access online. If you know someone who doesn’t have internet access I would encourage them to take advantage of the support available in our libraries. Library staff will be more than happy begin their digital journey. If you are online already there are a wealth of services available to you, including some that you may not have considered.”
Monday 18 October: Get online…get reading
Knowsley Library Service has a free e-Books and e-Audiobooks borrowing service, offering a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles. The service can be accessed here.
Once you have selected a title you can read it online or you can download it onto your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can borrow a total of 12 downloadable e-books and/or e-Audiobooks for up to 21 days, after which they will automatically expire, unless you renew them.
All you need to borrow e-Books is a library membership number and PIN. If you’re not already a member, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and postcode and they will send you your membership details.
You can also listen to the Knowsley Library podcast, The Bookcase, for insightful book chat and tips to fuel your own creative writing.
Tuesday 19 October: Get online…get down to business
The Huyton Library Business and Intellectual Property Centre, BIPC Knowsley, offers free access to online resources Mintel, Cobra and Grantfinder which provide expert, quality business information. A BIPC specialist is based in Huyton Library on Tuesdays to support budding entrepreneurs or anyone wanting to develop an existing business.
Thursday 21 October: Get online…connect to your Council
There are plenty of council services available on the council’s website for you to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also have an online chat with one of our advisors who are available from 9am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9am to 4pm on Wednesdays. They can guide you through the council’s available online services and help you get online.
Friday 22 October: Get Online…get learning
If you want to brush up on your IT skills or indeed learn new skills then we can help find the right course for you. ‘Learn my Way or ‘Make it Click’ are two online resources that can help customers develop their digital skills to make the most of the online world. Courses currently available range from internet safety to finding a job online.
Need help with researching your family tree? Ancestry which allows our customers to search their family history by providing free access to censuses, immigration records, military records, court and legal documents, photos and maps is currently available free of charge for all Library customers.
Saturday 23 October: Get online…get driving
Learning to drive? Practice your Driving Theory Test using the Theory Test Pro online in all Knowsley libraries. This software replicates the theory driving test that all drivers have to pass before taking their practical test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All material is licensed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).
Get to know I.T
In addition, on Tuesday 19 October, supported by Barclays Bank, Huyton Library will be hosting a drop in ‘Get to KNOW I.T’ session from 10am. Anyone needing help to get online, setting up an email address, shopping, research, job search, connecting with friends and family and more are welcome to come along and even bring their own devices to improve their digital skills.
Don’t forget if you need any help with anything ‘digital’ then please pop into your local library where a member of staff will be happy to help.
For more information about Knowsley Libraries visit https://yourlibrary.knowsley.gov.uk/