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Poetry Library launches eloans! | 30-Sep-14

On National Poetry Day (Thursday 2nd October 2014) Southbank Centre announces the launch of the Saison Poetry Library's eloan service. Currently housing the largest collection of modern and contemporary poetry in the UK, this new service will allow members to download up to 200 titles from the collection straight to their phones, tablets and ereaders. Extending the use of the library beyond the building itself, the service compliments the library's free loan service which has gained over 30,000 members since it opened in 1953.
Despite the rising popularity of reading fiction across digital platforms, the same progress has not been seen in the field of poetry. Encouraging poetry readers to engage in the digital technology that will allow them to access the collection from wherever they live in the UK, the new eloan service will move the consumption of poetry firmly into the digital world.
Poetry Librarian Chris McCabe said:
"Aside from a few innovative publishers and organisations the poetry world is miles behind in readers taking up the journey into reading poetry across digital formats. A recent Bookseller article stated that reading fiction on digital platforms will take over hardback and paperback by 2018 despite readers of poetry on digital platforms only totalling 3%. The Poetry Library's eloan service will provide a free platform for readers to explore poetry in ebooks and audio, and is an additional offer to the libraries range of print collections which will grow steadily alongside this new offer. This eloan service extends the The Poetry Library's free service of sending CDs by post to those who have experienced sight impairment and puts the control of spoken word poetry firmly into their control, with downloads being available as and when they want them."

Poetry Library members wishing to register for this, and any enquiries about the service, can be emailed to or the library can be contacted on 02079210943

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