York’s libraries have gone online for the foreseeable future after closing its buildings.

Borrowers with books out will be able to keep them until the end of June without penalties and staff are looking at services for people without the internet.

Fiona Williams, chief executive of Explore Learning Library Centre, said: “We are working hard and in close partnership with City of York Council to deliver a range of online services to support people at this difficult time.”

The libraries are hoping to hold story times and other activities online as well as its ebook service.

Cllr Darryl Smalley, the council’s executive Member for leisure, said:”Reading for pleasure is a brilliant and restful way to relax – especially important for those in self isolation – and will continue to support people’s emotional wellbeing whilst they are at home.”

Details of the online library are on https://exploreyork.org.uk/coronavirus/.