Devon County Council is encouraging residents to ‘get connected’ with their library as part of National Libraries Day on Saturday, February 7.

Libraries will be asking users to provide an email address and mobile phone number so they can get in touch with information about their loans easily and keep them up to date with news, as well as save the council money.

“We currently spend around £6,000 on postage every year, sending people reminders when their books are due back and information about overdue charges on their account, so being able contact people electronically would help us make a valuable saving at a time when budgets are at their tightest,” said Councillor Roger Croad.

“We also want to improve the way we keep customers up to date about what is going on, so by giving us your email address you will be able to receive our new e-newsletter full of information about events, suggestions of what to read next, money off vouchers and lots more.”

Throughout February libraries will be encouraging customers to take advantage of the digital services on offer, such as browsing the catalogue and reserving or renewing books online and borrowing e-books.

Plus using the library computers, accessing their online resources such as Ancestry to trace your family tree, logging on to their free wifi or connecting with them on Twitter or Facebook.