MEDIA RELEASE - Self-service library borrowing now available

Libraries in the Nambucca Valley now have new self-service borrowing technology to allow residents to quickly borrow books and other items by themselves.

Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban said installing the radio frequency identification (RFID) system at Nambucca and Macksville libraries will improve library programs and services for residents by giving library staff more time to work on initiatives.

“Installing RFID technology in our libraries is an important step forward, as it brings them up-to-date and will free-up library staff’s time to better assist library members and work on library programs like meet the author book launches,” she said.

“While self-loan stations have been installed, our libraries will retain the staff they have now so residents will still be able to borrow over the counter and speak to a librarian.

“The new self-service stations are simple and easy-to-use, so I am confident with time they will be well used by residents. I would like to thank the State Government for its Public Library Infrastructure Grant which provided $134,000 for the technology project.”

The radio frequency identification system was installed by FE Technologies. It works by microchipping each library item. The microchip contains all the information about the item and its issuing conditions. Library members take their desired library item off the shelf and up to the scanning machine located near the library’s desk. The machine then scans the item and loans the item to the member for the maximum allowable time. It then prints out a transaction receipt for the borrower.

To return books and other items, library members simply need to place the item in the new return chutes located outside the library’s front door. The new return chutes automatically return books from borrowers once the books are placed in the chutes. They are available to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are some great events coming up over the next month at both the Macksville and Nambucca libraries. A meet the author session with Annie Seaton will be held at Nambucca Library on Saturday 27 July 2019 from 11am to launch her new book Undara. To register to attend phone Nambucca Library on 6568 6906.

Other events include Story Time at Nambucca Library on Tuesday 30 July and Macksville Library on Friday 2 August from 10am. These popular children’s reading sessions are held weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays and help young children appreciate reading, singing and craft activities.

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For enquiries please contact the Mayor, Rhonda Hoban on 65695556 or 0408 661 412 or General Manager, Michael Coulter on 65680200 or 0409153788.

MICHAEL COULTER
GENERAL MANAGER


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