MILDURA Rural City Council’s libraries across the municipality are open for business again after being closed for a long period due to the COVID pandemic, during which time the Mildura library operated an online click and collect service.
Up to 100 people can now attend the Mildura library with all of their services up and running including some of their computers with internet access and the photocopying, printing and scanning facilities are also available.
Libraries in Merbein, Red Cliffs and Ouyen and the new Murrayville library are also open.
Mildura Library Service co- ordinator Sue Kelly said that the libraries are still operating limited hours. “Not all branches are open to their full capacity at the moment, but that will be the next step,” she said. “During the closure we have been operating online and doing the click and collect as well as postal services.
“When we were operating the click and collect people could put holds on the materials and we would then arrange for them to come to the library and to pick up at an appointed time. We are now winding that back, now that we are open again.”
Ms Kelly said that people are returning to the library now that they know it is open. “More so now that the some of our computers are operating, initially when we opened, we were only allowing people to borrow books, but now basically everything is back to normal,” she said.
“We have also started our home library service for the elderly and people who are physically unable to get to the library, where we go and visit them in their homes.
“This week the brand new Murrayville library opened at the Pioneer Park, which is wonderful for that town.”
Ms Kelly said that students who would normally have used the library would have missed that access. “I imagine it would have had an effect on them and I have noticed some students back in studying now that we have a few chairs out again and they can sit down,” she said.
“We also have a van service, which we hope to have back on the road before Christmas, which travels out to the community halls in Lake Cullulleraine, Werrimull, Underbool and Walpeup. Now that Murrayville is up and running we have been able to cease our mobile library service.
“As we return to COVID normal, our opening hours will return to our previous times and our events and programs will return at some stage next year,” Sue told the Weekly.