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Council enters five year library agreement

Children listen to story time at Castlemaine Library.

The Goldfields Library Corporation will continue to provide library services for the next five years.

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Goldfields Library Corporation will continue to provide library services to Mount Alexander Shire, with Council agreeing to sign a five year agreement at this week’s Ordinary Meeting of Council.

With 9,171 local members, the Castlemaine Library is a highly valued and well used resource in the shire.

“Half of our shire’s population have a library card, which goes to show how important the service is to the community,” said Lisa Knight, Director Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

The Castlemaine Library receives more than 3,000 visitors each week and caters to people of all ages with its many different programs.

“People are often surprised with everything that the library offers these days – it’s far more than just books on shelves,” said Ms Knight.

“There is something for everyone – story time sessions for young babies, holiday programs, author visits, activities for seniors and free online workshops just to name a few,” said Ms Knight.

“Members can also download audiobooks, along with the choice of 207,000 physical items in the Castlemaine Library, and access to more than a million other items from other affiliated libraries.”

Council invests more than $500,000 in the library service each year. The average cost per visit is the second lowest in Victoria.
A research report ‘Libraries Work!’ released in September found that every dollar investment in a Victorian public library generates more than four times that value in benefits to the local community.

The provision of library services is consistent with the objectives in the Council Plan 2017-2021. The five year regional library service agreement is also between the City of Greater Bendigo, Macedon Ranges Shire and Loddon Shire councils.

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