In this digital age you could be forgiven to think libraries will soon become a thing of the past.

But libraries in Canberra are embracing the world of technology, proving they have more to offer than hard copy books.

Hundreds of Canberrans, like Ami Iacuone and her son Paul, are immersing themselves in the digital world through new programs at the Gungahlin Public Library's digital hub.

"The facilities they have here are just fantastic," Ms Iacuone said.

"We're here to learn how to use the iPad and how you use all the applications.

"It's learning the skills, literally keeping up with the modern technology then he can go back to school and he can use that at school to maybe produce a movie."

Maureen Howe from Disability ACT says the programs aim to open up employment opportunities for people with a disability.

"With the digital story telling it's a way of conveying a message about their assets, their skills, the wonderful contribution they can make and it does it in a way that overcomes the communication barrier," she said.

The Digital Hub has been operating for about six months and it is proving popular with community groups.

It has run more than 200 one-on-one sessions, 120 group sessions and a range of special events.

It is just one of many high-tech services on offer which library members are keen to tap in to.

In the year to June this year, Canberra library members accessed e-books almost 33,000 times, downloaded more than 30,000 songs and whiled away about 104,000 hours on library computers.

However Libraries ACT director Vanessa Little says the new technology is throwing up some challenges.

She says the library's e-books cannot be downloaded to some popular devices.

"There isn't an industry standard yet so that's probably the biggest challenge for our users," she said.

"For the library, we've got all of these fabulous formats. People still like books but they want e-books, they like the download of the music that we provide for free.

"So it's just keeping up with all of that and being able to stretch your resources, money, across all of those different formats."

Almost 60 per cent of ACT residents have library membership and many of those still prefer to hold on to traditional habits.

Last financial year Canberrans borrowed more than 3 million items from the library and picture books were a clear favourite, making up about a third of the items loaned.

At any one time about 160,000 items, or a quarter of ACT library stock, is on loan.