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Gloucestershire Libraries is on hand to help residents this year who receive tablets, e-readers and smart phones for Christmas to make the most of them.

More than half of the UK's population currently use tablets at least once a month, with the figure predicted to rise to nearly 60 per cent by 2019.

For those lucky enough to receive a new handheld device under your Christmas tree this year, Gloucestershire Library staff will be on hand to give advice on how to use it if you feel you need some help.

Gloucestershire Libraries also offer thousands of free eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines available to read online or download.

With all libraries now having free Wi-Fi available, people will be able to take their tablet, e-reader or iPad to their local library and access county council and library services digitally. This includes online forms and requests for services, downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, and job searches.

There is also an app which can be downloaded for both Apple and android, making it even easier to use library services and save time.

All it takes to access the electronic formats of books and magazines is to download the app, then use a library card number, pin and an email address. Gloucestershire Virtual Library never closes, so you can download your reading material any time, anywhere.

If you are not currently a member of Gloucestershire Libraries, you can do so by visiting your local library or joining online by visiting, where you will receive your library card and number.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for libraries and communities, said: "Handheld devices such as iPads and smart phones are incredibly popular these days, but trying something new for the first time can be a bit daunting for some people.

"Our library staff are on hand to provide advice on how to use your new device in a relaxed and informal environment. They can advise on how to download apps, access the internet and how to get the most from your tablet.

"I hope as many people as possible will visit their local library in the new year to make the most of the support we can offer, and give our digital services a try. After all, if I use these apps and fantastic new devices, then anybody can."

Events currently taking place are advertised below:

Bishops Cleeve Library - Wednesday 4th January 2017 11am - 4pm

Cheltenham Library - Friday 6th January 2017 10am - 1pm (Cheltenham Library holds gadget days on the first Friday of every month between 10am - 1pm)

Up Hatherley Library - Wednesday 10th January 10am - 12pm

Charlton Kings -Wednesday 11th January 2017 10am - 12pm

Prestbury Library - Tuesday 17th January 10am - 12pm

Quedgeley Library on Friday 20th January 2pm - 4pm

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