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Libraries offering novel solutions during lockdown

Issued: 
September 16, 2020

Wellington Shire Council’s libraries, currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, have found creative ways to keep locals reading, with online magazines and the Click and Deliver service.

Now, those services have been expanded.

Click and Deliver has been joined by Click and Collect, which allows patrons to order a book via the library catalogue, email, or phone, then collect it from the front of their library.

And the libraries’ digital magazine collection has been expanded from 45 titles to 3,400 titles.

Click and Deliver will remain while libraries are closed to patrons. It lets residents use the library catalogue to choose books, which are then delivered to their door.

Children's take-home packs, aimed at ages 5 to 12, will be available during the school holiday period (for delivery with children’s book requests only). The packs cover themes such as healthy eating and sustainability, and contain activities, pencils or marker pens, and library information.

Click and Collect lets patrons request books for collection from outside the library entrance at an agreed time, during opening hours.

Libraries can be contacted by email library@wellington.vic.gov.au or by phone: Heyfield 5148 2644; Maffra 5147 1052; Rosedale 5199 254; Sale 5142 3575; Stratford 5145 6403; Yarram 5182 5135.

The libraries’ digital magazines collection has recently expanded from 45 titles to 3,400 titles from around the world, in multiple languages. Titles include Caravan & Motorhome, Women's Weekly, Men’s Health, Rolling Stone, Better Homes & Gardens, National Geographic and Vogue, and can be read on your desktop or mobile device by downloading the RBDigital app for Apple or Android devices.

For further information, call (03) 5142 3146 or email library@wellington.vic.gov.au

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