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More than half of the Public Library Network take-away or delivery

The services are free and guarantee access to books for reading to a large part of the population, while simultaneously complying with the safety rules, defined by the General Directorate of Health.

Of the 238 Portuguese libraries that are part of the network, 138 are providing these services, covering all districts, in locations ranging from Melgaço, in the northern Raiana region, to the Algarve, from Lagos to Castro Marim, according to the balance of DGLAB, done about a month after the start of the confinement.

Among the libraries that immediately started providing these services are Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde, Baião, Matosinhos and Maia, in the district of Porto, Braga, Guimarães and Vila Nova de Famalicão, as well as Viana de Castelo and Ponte de Lima, which are joined by the Municipal Library of Aveiro, with delivery services for books, magazines, CD, DVD and home games, in addition to the Espinho and Anadia, Santa Maria da Feira and São João libraries of Madeira.

In most cases, even with the doors closed, the libraries maintain services to the community, whether offering activities and services online, by phone, or email such as storytime, reading sessions, reading clubs, workshops, reading by phone, reference service, and information to the community, reading suggestions, catalog consultation, among others, whether with loan services of magazine books, CD and DVD at home.

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