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Self-Service Scanners Help Keep Book Borrowers Safe

AWEN Cultural Trust has invested in new self-service machines at Aberkenfig, Maesteg, Pencoed, Porthcawl and Pyle libraries to help keep book borrowers safe during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

The self-service technology, which has been successfully used in Bridgend library for several years, enables customers to borrow, renew and return their books, freeing up library staff to focus on customers who need more help and support during their visit, and give them more time to plan and deliver activities.

For customers who want a quick and completely contact-free visit, the new technology will also allow them to check their library loans in and out, by using their smart phone as a personal scanner and following the simple on-screen instructions.

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which runs the library service in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, said:

“Our libraries are no longer transactional places, where books are simply borrowed and returned, they are vibrant community spaces, where the staff enjoy the interaction and individual support they can provide customers during their visit.

“By introducing this new technology in more of our libraries, our staff can spend more time away from the desk, providing an even better customer service and experience, especially to those people who have missed this interaction most during the lockdown.

“By helping our customers to manage their own transactions, they can speed up the check-out process and also keep it as contact-free as they would like. However, our library staff will remain on hand to help those who prefer the traditional service.”


New app for Magazines and Audiobooks


We are pleased to announce that more than 3,000 popular magazines and audiobooks are now available to download and read on any device 24/7. Users with a library card can read digital magazines on Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive, or by visiting Downloads – Awen Libraries.

Digital magazines and audiobooks through Libby have no waiting lists or reservations, do not count towards checkout limits and provide readers the option to renew their selections. Awen Libraries borrowers can browse lists of magazines within the app and search by format to find available titles.

Named by Popular Mechanics as one of the top 20 apps of the decade, Libby connects first-time users and experienced readers alike with Awen Libraries’ digital collection. Readers can browse and borrow titles instantly and then start reading for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major PCs and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android ™ and Chromebook ™ phones and tablets. All titles automatically expire at the end of the loan period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles to Libby for offline use.

To get started, download Libby or visit our Downloads page to access magazines and audiobooks via the web browser.


Ap newydd ar gyfer Cylchgronnau a Llyfrau Llafar

Mae Llyfrgelloedd Awen yn falch i gyhoeddi bod dros 3,000 o gylchgronau a llyfrau sain poblogaidd bellach ar gael i’w lawrlwytho a’u darllen ar unrhyw ddyfais, 24/7. Bydd defnyddwyr gyda cherdyn llyfrgell yn gallu darllen cylchgronau digidol ar Libby, yr ap darllen o Overdrive sydd wedi ennill gwobrau, neu drwy ymweld â Lawrlwythiadau – Awen Libraries.

Nid oes gan gylchgronau digidol Libby unrhyw restrau aros neu geisiadau, ac nid ydynt yn cyfrif tuag at nifer eich benthyciadau. Gallwch hefyd eu hadnewyddu’n hawdd. Gall benthycwyr Llyfrgelloedd Awen bori rhestrau o gylchgronau o fewn yr ap a chwilio yn ôl fformat i ddod o hyd i deitlau sydd ar gael.

Wedi’i enwi gan Popular Mechanics fel un o 20 ap gorau’r ddegawd, mae Libby yn cysylltu defnyddwyr tro cyntaf a darllenwyr profiadol fel ei gilydd gyda chasgliad digidol Llyfgrelloedd Awen. Gall darllenwyr bori a benthyg teitlau yn syth ac yna dechrau darllen am ddim gyda cherdyn llyfrgell dilys. Mae’r gwasanaeth hwn yn gydnaws â’r holl brif gyfrifiaduron a dyfeisiau, iPhone®, iPad®, ffonau a thabledi Android ™ a Chromebook ™. Mae pob teitl yn dod i ben yn awtomatig ar ddiwedd y cyfnod benthyca ac nid oes unrhyw ffioedd hwyr. Gall darllenwyr hefyd lawrlwytho teitlau i Libby i’w defnyddio all-lein.

I ddechrau lawrlwythwch Libby neu ewch i’n tudalen Lawrlwytho i gael mynediad at gylchgronau a llyfrau sain trwy’r porwr gwe.