In support of the Government effort to fight COVID-19, Christchurch libraries closed their doors to the public and will remain closed until further notice.
In light of this, Council Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson said there had been a surge in library membership since the lockdown with people turning to digital services.
“We have welcomed an average of 54 new members per day...as more people recognise the wonderful value of their local libraries and all that they offer to the community,” said Robertson.
Last year libraries had an average of 19 new members daily.
“26,733 e-books and audiobooks have been issued over the past few weeks, an average of 2056 issues per day.
"This compares with an average of 1228 issues per day in March last year.”