Join The Gauteng Virtual Library For Access To Thousands Of Popular Reads


When last have you visited your local library? Whip out that dusty old library card and join the Gauteng Virtual Library to keep you and the kiddies entertained while under lockdown. 

Gauteng Virtual Library

Let’s Get Reading! 

For those of us still under isolation at home, reading is the perfect way to pass the time. But, if you are anything like us, you’ve most likely devoured your pile of must-reads and are in desperate need of a book refill. That’s where the Gauteng Virtual Library comes in super handy! This new online eBook, audio book and video platform is providing thousands of library users with popular fiction reads, children’s titles and video content to keep entertained while under lockdown. All you need to access their collections is an active library card number. You can use an existing library card from your nearest local library or apply for a new card on the site. Once you have your card ready to go, simply browse through collections to find your perfect lockdown read.

Gauteng Virtual Library

A Parent’s Saving Grace

Many parents have turned to homeschooling their children during lockdown. To help see you through until schools reopen, the Gauteng Virtual Library is stocked full with classic children’s titles and new book releases. Enhance your at-home learning sessions by borrowing an eBook to read together. The virtual library’s audio book collection is also wonderful for bed time or to keep the kids busy while you attend to work or chores.

Is your child a Potterhead in the making? The Gauteng Virtual Library has made the first novel of the Harry Potter series available for the month of May. Both the eBook and audio book are available without a waiting period, so you can unlock the magic right away! The library has also included the book in a variety of languages, so all can enjoy the wonder of JK Rowling’s famous magical world.

Teenagers are notorious for their lack of interest in reading. Get your teen reading up a storm with the Gauteng Virtual Library’s collection of age-appropriate series. From fantasy fiction to romance, this library has all a young adult reader needs to escape their world. The library also has a separate classics section, so teens can do some extracurricular reading for their English classes.

What About The Adult Readers?

The Gauteng Virtual Library caters to adult book lovers, too. Their adult collection features over 700 eBooks and audio books available to borrow. Choose your next lockdown read from their selection of thrillers, romance and bestsellers from the world’s most popular authors, including Lee Child, Dan Brown and Danielle Steel. Or, get round to reading all those classic books we all claim to have read, but never have. The Gauteng Virtual Library also has a great selection of non-fiction titles, covering a range of topics. Learn a new skill in lockdown or brush up on your general knowledge using these books. You can borrow a book for up to two weeks. If the book you want to read is already borrowed out, place a hold on it and you will be notified when it becomes available.

Gauteng Virtual Library

For More Information

Visit https://gauteng.overdrive.com/ to join the Gauteng Virtual Library or visit the Apple App Store/ Google Play Store to download the Libby App – a platform that allows you to read eBooks and audio books from your local public library for free!

If you are part of a book club, send your book club name to sacr.overdrive@gauteng.gov.za and suggest books that you need to review.

Happy reading! 

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