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Bathurst Library Select & Collect service returns

Are you running out of reading material and nothing on your to be read pile takes your fancy? Bathurst Select & Collect service will return from next week, so library members can borrow new items while the main building remains closed.

Interested library members can follow these few easy steps:

  1. Select: Select and reserve items on the library online catalogue. If unsure how to do this, library staff can assist with selections.
  2. Contact: Call or email the library to initiate the service Monday- Friday 9am-5pm.
  3. Collect: Available reserved items will be gathered by library staff. Notification by SMS or phone call will alert members when their items are ready for collection. The contactless collection point will operate from the Library/Gallery foyer, Monday-Friday, 1-4pm.

Mayor Ian North said that access to library material is always important, but it is particularly so when in lockdown.

“We know how important reading is to our community. Not everyone can or want to access online resources,” Cr North said.

 “The Select & Collect service will allow people to get physical library items while still respecting government health guidelines. Protocols have been put in place so we can offer a contactless pick-up from the foyer”.  

Members are asked to follow social distancing guidelines when using the Select & Collect service and stay home if they are unwell. Returns can be placed in the chute at the front of the library at any time. Members will need to bring identification and will need to check in using the Service NSW COVIDSafe check-in.  

Manager Library Services Patou Clerc said she encourages the community to also explore the library website which offers a wealth of resources.

“Existing library members already have access to the eLibrary. If you are not already a library member you can still access the online collections during lockdown by joining as a temporary eMember on our website,” she said.

“This is a temporary membership but it can be easily transferred to a full membership when the library doors open again”.

Library members can reserve items today and can call to initiate the Select & Collect service from Wednesday 29 September.

Select & Collect will replace the Bathurst Library lockdown delivery service to homes in the Bathurst town area. The last day to request a delivery is Tuesday 28 September with the last delivery on Thursday 30 September.

For more information about Select & Collect or other library services, call 6333 6281 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, or email library@bathurst.nsw.gov.au.

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