Your TAKEAWAY LIBRARY has arrived – Click & Collect is here at last!

Even though the library is closed to the public, the library team have been busily working behind closed doors to develop alternative services while complying with health and safety directives. We are now offering Click & Collect to our community.

Patrons can use Click & Collect via any of these 3 methods:

1 – Log in, search the catalogue, and place a Hold directly. Click here to start.

2 – Send an email to us with your request. Please let us know your name, phone number and your pick-up branch. Send your email to: amrlibraries@gmail.com

3 – Call us on 9780 5600. We’ll assist you to place holds on specific items. If you’re not sure what you want, we are happy to bundle up a selection based on your area of interest.

Once your items are ready for collection, we’ll contact you to let you know the process for pick up. Please note, Click & Collect is only available via the above 3 methods. Please don’t visit the library unless you have been contacted by staff and invited to collect.

Please let your friends and family know about this service – or encourage them to subscribe to this blog! If they are not already library members, they can join over the phone. We want to ensure that our community continues to have access to knowledge, entertainment, education and inspiration in the coming months.

To enable us to provide this service, we’ve established quarantine zones, where incoming parcels and items returned through the chute are left untouched for 10 days. These are gloves-only areas – our red zones!!

Once the quarantine period is over, items can then be unpacked or checked in by staff. As you can imagine, there is a LOT of hand-washing, surface-disinfecting and glove-changing going on here… and we are keeping our distance from each other!

Your library loans have been renewed

We realise you may have been worried about your library items over the shutdown period, and wanted to let you know that all items will be automatically renewed until 30 June, and will then be further renewed if necessary. For now, please disregard any notifications you may have received regarding due-back or pick-up dates. There will be no administration fees for overdue items during the shutdown.

You may continue to return your items through our after hours chute at either Margaret River or Augusta library if you wish, as we have instigated a quarantine process for the after-hours chutes.

Stay tuned for information about Click & Collect – we are developing a safe procedure to enable our community to access the library collection. We will also release more information about how to access a range of online services to enjoy from home, including educational resources.

Please share this news with your family and friends, and encourage everybody to follow this blog if they wish to stay up-to-date with availability of Library Services.

If you have any queries or concerns, please call us on 9780 5600.

 

Shire Libraries closed for an indefinite period in response to COVID-19

The Margaret River and Augusta Libraries are now closed for an indefinite period in response to COVID-19 threat.

Earlier today Shire of Augusta Margaret River Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison-Brown announced the Shire will be ceasing to deliver non-essential, public-facing services in a bid to preserve both staff and community safety as the COVID-19 public health emergency continues to unfold.

The Shire libraries are working towards finding new ways of serving our community whilst closed to the public and all new initiatives will be announced on our blog.

Subscribe to our blog amrlibraries.com for more updates, news and information on your local library service.

Library members can also access e-resources  from our website including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, language, English as a Second Language and resume help, stream movies and many others suitable for children and youth. Use your library card barcode to login and check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) if you need assistance.

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An update on your library service

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Library Service has been reviewing and changing its operations in response to the Federal Government’s announcements on COVID-19.

Our Libraries are taking measures to minimise the contamination risk of COVID-19 to staff and members very seriously.

  • We would like to stress the importance of the role of libraries in maintaining the welfare of our communities and staff during times of crisis.
  • We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are following WA Health & Federal government guidelines.
  • Mitigating risk whilst remaining open for our community is our priority.

Our Current Plan is to …

  • Provide a positive and welcoming community space.
  • Operating hours stay the same for the time being.
  • Events and programs will be postponed until further notice
  • Library staff are wiping public desks, Print Release and photocopier, iPAC computers, SmartServes etc at least an extra three times a day, in addition to our usual cleaning services.
  • Encouraging people to use card services for payment of services
  • Encouraging people to take out 30 items as per current loan policy.
  • Public PC users are encouraged to use antiseptic wipes on the keyboard and mouse prior to use.
  • Public wifi available.
  • E-services are available 24/7.
  • COVID-19 literature in multi languages is on display.
  • Community jigsaw puzzle unavailable at present however there are plenty of jigsaws available for loan.

The Federal Government’s position is that  as long as we follow social distancing advice, have no more than 100 people in a single enclosed space and have good cleaning practices in place our facilities can remain open.

The health and safety of our members, customers and staff is our highest concern at this time. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Library Services will provide regular updates to members on the changing situation.

CANCELLED : Building Bridges Harmony Day event 19 March

Following advice from health authorities regarding gatherings and social distancing, we are sorry to announce that the Building Bridges Harmony Day event that was to have been held at the Margaret River Library on 19 March has now been cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience, and would like to offer our community these suggestions for alternative ways of celebrating Harmony Day:

  • Drop into the library, borrow some LOTE (Languages Other Than English) books & DVDs and have a Harmony Day festival at home
  • Stay at home and use your library membership to stream foreign films and/or download LOTE e-books (Click here to get started)
  • Smile and wave to your neighbours, as we all do our bit to encourage harmony and compassion during trying times

 

 

Building Bridges Harmony Day Celebration at the Margaret River Library

2019 Harmony Day guests
Guests enjoy Harmony Day Celebrations at the Library in 2019

Thursday 19th March, 5.30 – 7.30pm

The Intercultural Action Group welcomes the community to the ‘Building Bridges Harmony Day Celebration’ being held at the Margaret River Library on Thursday 19th March. Guests are encouraged to bring a plate to share, dress up and be prepared for Bollywood Dancing. FUN for the whole family!

Please RSVP the name of the dish you are bringing to: amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au or Ph: 9780 5600

The Library is an inclusive venue with plenty of parking. All welcome.

‘No one was watching’, a talk by Dr Annie Horner

Thursday 12th March, 6 – 7.30pm at Margaret River Library

 ‘No One Was Watching’ provides an alternative, imaginative entree into the once-hidden world of ‘Forgotten Australians’, a cohort of non- Indigenous men and women who were institutionalized as children. As one anonymous care-leaver begged ‘ Let our histories be visible’. The author hopes her book does just that and that these stories remind us of both our individual and collective roles in protecting children and promoting their welfare and safety into the future. Dr Annie Horner (PhD), Alumni of the Edith Cowan University South West campus, launched ‘No One Was Watching’ in May 2019. She will be speaking at the Margaret River Library about her book and presenting her valuable research behind writing her novel.

Light refreshments provided. RSVP to amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au or Ph: 9780 5600

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Contact the Libraries

Margaret River Library

Fearn Avenue, Margaret River WA 6285
Phone: (08) 9780 5600
Email: amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au