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by Greta Yeoman

Timaru District Libraries will provide all your summer entertainment – in both physical books and electronic entertainment.

The library has recently adopted movie-streaming service Kanopy and also doubled the number of e-books available to readers.

Libraries manager Adele Hewlett said the public library was the first in the country to offer the new, free movie-streaming service.

Kanopy enables every library user to stream eight movies a month off the site for free, after registering the library and library card details on the site.

Ms Hewlett said the library was always looking for innovative new ways to bring content to users.

“Kanopy is an amazing service that offers something quite unique to people. It has a catalogue of independent, classic and world cinema and documentaries that aren’t usually available on current streaming services in New Zealand.”

Loving Vincent is on Kanopy

There are more than 30,000 full-length and short films on the site, including popular New Zealand films such as Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Boy and Utu Redux, along with other international titles including Australian drama The Dressmaker, original 1902 film A Trip to the Moon and acclaimed, hand-painted film Loving Vincent, about Vincent van Gogh.

The library had also joined other South Island public libraries to bring OverDrive to the district’s library users.

The service adds more than 9000 e-books and e-audiobooks to the Timaru library’s collections, including children’s books, young adult publications and adult reads, both fiction and non-fiction.

Access is free for library members – all you need is your library card number and your password/PIN.

OverDrive also has an easy-to-use app called Libby which you can download for iOS, Android and Windows.

You can borrow up to five items at a time and for up to 21 days, Ms Hewett said.

“OverDrive is one of the biggest e-library providers in the world and by bringing it to Timaru we’ve nearly doubled the selection of titles available to our members.”

For more information about the new services, visit timarudistrictlibraries.co.nz.