Despite the closure of Kempsey Shire Library and its branches as a result of the coronavirus, the good news is that the community can continue to access library services in a variety of ways.
To support residents during this challenging time, staff have worked to upgrade services and increase the borrowing options online. This has already included boosting our Borrow Box collection of audio books and adding 1,000 extra e-books via our digital reading platform, Overdrive. The number of plays per month for Kanopy live streaming of films and documentaries has also been increased.
Staff have continued the delivery service to registered housebound community members and Nursing Homes. The team are also supporting the school community to access resources and offer StoryBox, an online platform for young children.
Council’s Library Manager, Angie Meers, said while face-to-face customer service and the pleasures of browsing library shelves are not possible under the current circumstances, the library’s digital collection remains open and free.
“Kempsey Shire Library is a member of the Mid North Coast Co-operative Library Service which means residents are able to access a shared online catalogue of Kempsey and Port Macquarie-Hastings shire libraries,” she said.
“Many people may not realise that this means as a member you can access a huge range of books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and stream a variety of films and music.”
“For those who are at home many of the online services have simultaneous downloads to support our Book Club groups, which are a great way to maintain social contact.”
To use the service, all residents need to do is ensure that they have a current membership with the library and the digital collection will be at their fingertips and from the comfort of their own home.
“If you aren’t already a member go to our website and follow the steps to sign-up and get access” said Ms Meers.
“Residents who currently have books, magazines or CDS on loan and don’t wish to renew them at this time, can still return them by placing them in the shute at the entrance to the Library.
Library staff are available to answer questions and assist with enquiries over the phone by calling 6566 3210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org