There’s a magazine for everyone in Singleton Library’s expanded online collection


Celebrity gossip has stepped up a gear with an explosion in Singleton Library’s online magazine offering from 150 titles to 3,603 from around the world.

In partnership with neighbouring councils Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter, Cessnock and Maitland, the Library now has access to the full magazine collection provided by RB Digital, which can be accessed now via the Library page on Council’s website.

All you need to register is your Library card number and pin number available from the Library.

The result is thousands of magazines covering a range of topics for both adults and children that can be “borrowed” free of charge anytime for Library members.

Anthony Egan, Council’s Director Business and Community Services said the magazine expansion followed an increase in use of the Library’s online services during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Our digital collections definitely have a growing audience, especially with COVID-19, and it’s good to be able to invest a little bit more in those collections that are well used,” he said.

“Our monthly statistics show that online magazines are very popular, and it’s interesting to note that celebrity gossip seems to be a favourite topic among our borrowers.

“And now there’ll be even more to read about with the collection growing from about 150 magazines hand-picked by our Library team to the full 3,603 from around the world.

“Of course that means plenty more choice for adults, but there’s also a really good number now for kids as well.”

The full suite of the Library’s online collection includes e-audio books, streaming music, e-books, and streaming movies and documentaries.

“All are available on the website, and most of the platforms we use have an app that you can access on your phone or device,” Mr Egan said.

“The platform for online magazines, RB Digital, will notify you when the next edition of your favourite magazine is available.

“It’s also expanding in the next few months to include some ebooks that users can access at the same time, so it’s good for book clubs or if you want to read the same book as your friend and talk about it.”

Despite the growing online collection, Library lovers are still welcome in person.

Mr Egan said children’s programming was very popular with additional storytime sessions to accommodate smaller groups of people in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines.

“Tickets are available a week in advance and they are snapped straight up – plus we have people on a waiting list. We’ve had to expand so there’s two storytime sessions and two baby storytime sessions each week, to try to have as many people come along as possible,” he said.

“We’ve now heard that restrictions are easing to increase the number we can have from 20 to 30 people, and we’re working through the logistics of how that would work in the space we have available in keeping with the four square metre rule.

“We’re also busy working on our Christmas holiday activities, so whether you’re online or in the building, there’s plenty happening in our Library.”

To check out the online collection, click here