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Exciting Times for Libraries in Hindmarsh

Article Category  Current News
Date Published  Thursday, June 6 2019
Author Hindmarsh Shire Council
Photo  File Photo

Exciting Times for Libraries in Hindmarsh
Residents of Hindmarsh Shire will see positive and exciting changes to libraries in the future with
Council transitioning to an alternate shared library service model and implementing static library
services in Jeparit and Rainbow from 1 July 2020.


With works to construct the new Dimboola Library to commence shortly and Council reviewing the
current mobile library arrangements for Jeparit and Rainbow there are exciting developments in
Libraries throughout the shire.

The new building in Dimboola will house the library and increase the overall available floor space,
providing a multi-purpose facility that will provide residents with a modern and welcoming library
and council customer service centre that will become a versatile community hub.

Hindmarsh Shire Council CEO, Greg Wood said “These are exciting projects, not just for
Dimboola, Jeparit and Rainbow residents but for the entire shire. Modern libraries are becoming
more than buildings that just have books on shelves that you can borrow, they are becoming
community hubs and places where residents can go to read the newspaper, catch up with friends,
use the public internet or indeed borrow a book”.

Mr Wood said “A review of current library services has enabled Council to review ways of
improving library services in Jeparit and Rainbow. These towns are currently served by the mobile
library with Jeparit receiving two hours per fortnight and Rainbow two and a half hours per
fortnight”.

“Our review and investigations are looking at different scenarios effective from 1 July 2020, and
one of the options under consideration is to establish static libraries located at Council Customer
Service Centres in Jeparit and Rainbow”.

“This system has worked well in Dimboola for many years and there are other councils throughout
Victoria that provide a similar service. This will provide Jeparit and Rainbow and district residents
with a minimum of one and a half days of service per week which is a significant increase from the
minimal hours they receive now” he said.

In addition to the possible new services in Jeparit and Rainbow, Council is also looking at the
ways to share library services with other councils in the region. Council’s intention is to employ the
Nhill branch library staff member from 1 July 2020 and work with neighbouring shires to consider
various alternate shared service options.

Mr Wood added, “The next twelve months will be an exciting time for communities within
Hindmarsh Shire as Council investigates and implements new and improved systems and
operations to increase access for the broad range of services that modern libraries are now
providing elsewhere”.


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