FOSTER Library’s new look and 24-hour access will be officially relaunched at a ceremony conducted by Eastern Victoria MLC Jane Garrett at 12 noon on Thursday October 24, 2019.
Ms Garrett, now with experience in such matters after re-opening West Gippsland Libraries’ (WGL) re-developed Drouin branch earlier this year, will be unveiling a plaque at the Foster Library, on the corner of Main and McDonald Streets.
Foster is the first public library in Victoria to offer 24-hour access to its patrons, and the level of uptake for the service has “surprised” WGL chief executive officer Leanne Williams.
“The number of people applying for the 24-hour access hobs certainly has been growing, particularly among retirees,” she said.
“Patrons are using the hobs for their convenience and are going into the Foster Library on Wednesdays and Sundays, the days it’s usually closed.
“Other people are going into the library on their way home after work, and at times when it suits them,” Ms Williams said.
“We’re trying to make sure library services are accessible to as many people as possible and we’re pleased that Foster’s 24/7 service is going really well.
“It’s also fantastic to see how popular the new Community Library at Welshpool is, too,” she said.
“We had a lot of conversations in the past about our libraries not being open when people wanted to use them.
“Now we can offer 24-hour access, more staffed opening hours and we’re extending our online services as well,” Ms Williams said.
“It’s all about convenience and flexibility for our patrons.”
The Foster Library has also been renovated inside, and now boasts a new entrance, carpet and shelving, as well as an electronic self-checkout.
Outside are new tables and seating under the verandah and on the lawns, perfect for a rest or a picnic, with a book or another item borrowed from the library of course.
For more information about West Gippsland Libraries and its range of services including those at the Foster Library and the Welshpool Community Library in the Rural Transaction Centre at 14 Main Street see www.wgrlc.vic.gov.au