Bateau Bay and Kariong Libraries are next in line to offer extended hours access as part of the Library@yourtime program.
The extended library service follows the success of this initiative providing additional access at Toukley Library over the past year.
The innovative program uses technology to monitor self-access, self-service loans and returns, computers, printing as well as lighting, alarms, and public safety.
Central Coast Council Libraries and Education Unit Manager, Beth Burgess said Library@yourtime at Toukley Library has been embraced enthusiastically by library members.
“Library@yourtime lets inducted library members have access to the library outside regular staffed hours and compliments our services during staffed hours, where library members can receive help and guidance as required.
“As always, our extensive range of free online resources and services, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, homework help, music streaming and more are also available 24/7 via Council’s website,” Ms Burgess said.
Participants of Library@yourtime, must be over the age of 18, and meet the terms and conditions of the program, including completing a building and safety induction course. Access is via a swipe card and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an inducted adult.
Inductions for library@yourtime, in the new locations at Bateau Bay and Kariong will be available from mid-June. Patrons interested in this access are encouraged to contact Kariong or Bateau Bay branches for session dates and times, or simply for more information.
Council Administrator, Rik Hart said this is a great example of how Council is creating better services to meet the changing needs and expectations of the community.
“Our libraries are continually reviewing their services and facilities to meet the changing needs of library users, including how people want to visit, borrow items and enjoy their library experience.
“Through Library@yourtime, library members can enjoy services at times that suit their lifestyles, whether that be commuters on their way to or from work, or students and families wishing to utilise the space and library services on weekends,” Mr Hart said.
These new services have been made possible through funding from a State Library of New South Wales Local Priority Grant.
Library@Yourtime will be available from 1 July extending the normal operational times so that inducted members can access the libraries between 7am and 7pm, 7 days per week.
Contact Kariong Library 4325 8155 to become a Library@YourTime member
Contact Bateau Bay Library 4350 1580 to become a Library@YourTime member
To access online library services, become a library member or sign up to the library e-news, visit libraries.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au. The Central Coast Library Service app is also available to download for free from Apple iTunes or Google Play.