Parkes Shire Libraries has ramped up local access to online digital content in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak to help locals stay entertained through self-isolation and social distancing measures in place across the State. With the launch of an innovative new platform indyreads, Parkes Shire locals can now access over 11,000 new ebooks and audiobooks from home, for free.

Developed by the State Library of NSW, indyreads gives Parkes Shire Library members 24/7 access to a range of eBooks, including fiction titles by well-known and popular authors, poetry collections, cookbooks, educational books, local studies resources and much more.

“indyreads also includes books from independent Australian and international publishers as well as the best examples of self-publishing, offering communities a greater diversity of stories" says Ross Balharrie, indyreads project coordinator, State Library of NSW.

“With indyreads library members can get a lot more variety with something for every reader – from high quality self-published works by local writers to international award-winning authors, modern classics, and even books in languages other than English,” says Mr Balharrie.

To access the indyreads collection visit My Online Library on the Parkes Shire Library website. You can log in with your library card number and your usual password.