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Library changes in Hindmarsh

Hindmarsh Shire residents will see changes to their public libraries from July 1 as part of a transition to a new shared-services model and the establishment of static library services in Jeparit and Rainbow.
With works on a new Dimboola Library scheduled to start shortly, Hindmarsh Shire Council has also been reviewing the mobile library arrangements for Jeparit and Rainbow.
The new building in Dimboola will house library assets and increase the overall floor space available to users.
The plan is to create a multi-purpose centre to provide residents with a modern and welcoming library and council customer service centre that will become a versatile community hub.
Council chief executive Greg Wood said the library developments were exciting for all shire residents, as well as people in Dimboola, Jeparit and Rainbow.
“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,” he said.
“A review of current library services has enabled the council to review ways of improving library services in Jeparit and Rainbow.
“These towns are currently served by a mobile library, with Jeparit receiving two hours a fortnight and Rainbow two-and-a-half hours a fortnight.
“Our review and investigations are looking at different scenarios effective from July 1, 2020, and one of the options under consideration is to establish static libraries 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 a week, which is a significant increase from the minimal hours they receive now.”
The council is also exploring ways to share library services with other municipalities in the region.
It intends to employ a Nhill branch library staff member from July 1 and work with neighbouring shires on the concept.
“The next 12 months will be an exciting time for communities within Hindmarsh Shire as the 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,” Mr Wood said.

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