Online memberships to libraries on rise in Turkey's Istanbul amid COVID-19

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ISTANBUL, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The number of online memberships to public libraries and their digital services is rising during the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey's most populous city Istanbul, local authorities revealed on Monday.

According to the Istanbul municipality's newly released "Cultural Statistics Bulletin", the number of new memberships to the city's public libraries hit 275,000 between January and August. The figure was 269,000 for the entire year in 2019.

The total number of subscribers to digital services of the libraries in the city increased to 40,000 during that period of time, up from 6,300 last year.

Meanwhile, the number of audiobooks for the visually impaired hit 5,000 in the first eight months of this year, with a sharp jump from last year's 488 books.

The libraries operating in the Istanbul Municipality possess over 900,000 books in total. Enditem

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