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THIS World Book Day libraries across the county will be shouting about the services they have to offer.

Tomorrow will see a nation-wide celebration of books and library staff will be explaining to visitors how they are embracing new technologies.

All 49 libraries now offer eBook downloads on loan so those with Kindles can still use their services.

As well as book loans there are CDs and DVDs to hire, internet access, audiobooks and children’s Rhyme time events.

A new magazine and newspaper service has been launched for people who are blind, partially sighted or have difficulty reading print.

A number of libraries now include self-service terminals and Wi-Fi, plus a wide range of online resources.

Loans of orchestra sets and vocal scores, used by local orchestral and choral groups, have also increased.

Learner drivers can use their local library to practise for their theory test with an online version of the Highway Code and realistic hazard perception video simulations.

Councillor Keith Chapman, from Hampshire County Council, said: ‘Hampshire has one of the largest library services in the whole of the UK and offers so much more than many people realise.

‘Libraries and Discovery Centres are a great resource for local residents, not only as a place to read, but also as a platform for encouraging knowledge, creativity and socialising.’