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Knowsley Libraries expand services to include access to e-magazines and film archive

by Emily Maguire

Two brand new services have been launched by Knowsley Libraries, expanding the already diverse portfolio of services available to library users.

BFI Replay is an online video resource from the British Film Institute, featuring archives of thousands of videos mapping life in the UK from the 1960’s to the present day which can now be accessed using the library’s public computers.

The videos give an in-depth insight into how life was in past years and how much has changed, from politics to popular culture.

BFI Replay also features interviews and profiles with some of the brightest literary stars such as Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Kathy Acker taken from the ICA’s long-running Writers in Conversation series.

Filmmakers and actors explain their craft in a series of vintage interviews with Ben Kingsley, Ishmael Merchant and James Ivory, Robin Williams, Mike Leigh and other film notables.

BFI Replay also celebrates the heyday of regional television, much of which has now vanished including popular figures such as Richard Whiteley in Yorkshire TV’s ‘Calendar People’ interviewing famous Yorkshire names and Ulster TV’s travelogue ‘Lesser Spotted Ulster’.

BFI Replay is a living digital archive that will grow and evolve as newly digitised content from the UK Regions and Nations Film Archive partners continues to be added.

As well as this, library members can now access more than 200 weekly and monthly magazine titles to read on their personal digital devices via the virtual library service, BorrowBox.

The app has gained popularity among library users, who up until now have been able to access eBooks and audio books, virtually and from the comfort of their own home. The new expanded offering includes magazine titles such Woman’s Weekly, The Radio Times and Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as hundreds of other titles across lifestyle, crafts and hobbies, sport, music, entertainment and more!

You can access BorrowBox on a computer, phone or tablet using your library membership number.

Join Borrowbox Online at https://www.borrowbox.com or visit your local library for more information.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources said: “Our libraries are such a fantastic resource for our local communities to access all kinds of information from a vast array of sources. The team work hard to ensure that we are able to continue offering library users new and useful services and the introduction of BFI Replay and the expansion of the BorrowBox offer are two great examples of this.”

Halewood Library – The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, L26 9UH.

Huyton Library – Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD.

Kirkby Library – Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY.

Prescot Library – The Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinal Street, Prescot, L34 5GA.

Stockbridge Library – The Withens, Stockbridge Village, L28 1AB.

Knowsley’s libraries are open Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.