Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) libraries at Werris Creek and Quirindi are affiliated with Central Northern Regional Libraries and this partnership has recently seen the introduction of new initiatives utilising state-of-the-art technology to improve service and operations.
“These initiatives include the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to increase the efficiency of loaning library resources and the development of an app to enhance the experience for library users,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“This app can be downloaded from either Google Play Store or the Apple Store by searching for ‘CNR Library’. You will need to put in your library membership number and password to allow you to set the app up. It will allow you to renew borrowed items, check on reservations, access your library’s e-resources, search the catalogue and if you’re in a book store and see a book that is of interest, you can enter the books ISBN and it will tell you whether the library has the book in stock and available,” he said.
“Our libraries are much more than books on shelves and while you are always welcome to drop in and borrow books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and magazines this new app allows you to do many things at home or wherever you happen to be. At your library free internet access is available via public computers. Wi-fi is also available for users who have their own portable device,” he continued.
“You can use your CNRL library membership number to download Ebooks, eAudioBooks and more for free to your computer or portable device from RB Digital, to your portable device using BorrowBox apps, Story Box Library provides children’s video books where you can watch children’s stories by Australian authors and illustrators read aloud by fantastic storytellers. Via Kanopy Videos and Movies you can stream 10 films and documentaries every month, plus unlimited kids’ TV and movies, again all for free,” he said.
Councillor Hope said that community members are welcome and encouraged to call into their library where one of the friendly team members can assist them with becoming connected to these services.
“Further good news for library members is that the CNRL network has now abolished overdue fees on items borrowed and not returned on time. Overdue fees tended to impact some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and largely didn’t have the effect of prompting the return of overdue items The overdue fees produced little in terms of revenue and they did not serve the library group’s philosophy of investing in the future of our communities by creating an environment for learning, innovation and social connection,” he said.
“Other recent group library changes include reducing the loan limit for each borrower from 50 items to 20 items. Loan periods remain unchanged with the exception of renewals which can now be undertaken for two weeks, and up to five times, if the item has not been reserved by another borrower,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Our libraries are important community assets which LPSC will continue to foster and I encourage everyone to be aware of and utilise what they have to offer