But publishers came forward and helped reduce the load in some cases.
Mr Poole told The Guardian: “One of the brilliant things that happened was publishers really stepped up.
“Ebooks cost a lot of money. Publishers, during the lockdown, said they would either waive or reduce licence fees so they really helped us out in terms of making ebooks available.”
With another lockdown looming, libraries face further funding hurdles, but experts believe they will adapt.