Library News

New series: The Hunt for Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher is a mysterious loner who passes through strange towns, sketchy diners and dark back alleys.  On his travels, he frequently avenges the weak and rights wrongs. His adventures are always enthralling, and known to be popular even with people who don’t usually like to read!

You might already be a casual reader of Lee Child’s thrillers featuring Jack Reacher – or perhaps you are a fan of the series and have read all his adventures from the very first book (Killing Floor, published in 1997) right up to the 24th installment: Blue Moon.

The First Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor by Lee Child.  

If you’re wondering whether this series is for you, or if you would like to revisit some of the stories, have a look at our Jack Reacher collection. You can find all 24 installments in print, with some titles also available in e-book and e-audiobook format:

We also have good news for those of you who have read them all – if you would like to look at Jack Reacher from a different angle, you can do so via Diane Capri’s series Hunt for Jack Reacher. The series was published with Lee Child’s permission, and is available on cloudLibrary.

Licensed to Thrill is a bundle featuring the first three books in a nine-books series. Click on the picture below to check it out:

Licensed to Thrill 1, Hunt for Jack Reacher by Diane Capri

Click here to find out more about how to use our e-book and e-audiobook platforms: cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.

If you are visiting the library we also have our New Books Display back on, with a bigger selection of books to chose from.

Celebrating Earth Day with Beamafilm

Earth Day is usually celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year, the date slipped by while many of the world’s people were in lockdown or suffering deep personal stress.

You can still access a wide range of films and documentaries about climate and the environment, and celebrate a belated Earth Day at home, with Beamafilm. Your library membership gives you free access to a vast range of titles with an ‘Earth’ theme. Here is a small sample of what’s available:

Selection of Earth Day Beamafilm titles

Have your membership number handy, and click here to go directly to Beamafilm.

Or click here to find out more about Beamafilm and Kanopy – our other movie-streaming service, which is also available free to library members.


Are things back to ‘normal’ at the library?

We are now in our 3rd week since the Margaret River Library re-opened its doors to the public. How time flies!

As State and Federal government directions change, so do we… From this week we were allowed to increase our maximum onsite numbers from 20 to 100 people, and the place is starting to hum again 😊

Some things are going back to ‘normal’ while some things have become the ‘new normal’ – and some things are sort of in-between and likely to change over time!

Here is an update on our current procedures:

  • Click & Collect is still available for patrons who prefer this method of delivery. Come to the back door and ring the bell – staff will bring your items to you.
  • We are also inviting our community to visit again via the front entry and say ‘hello!’ when returning or picking up items.
  • Items on Hold can be collected from within the library – just like you used to be able to do. If your item has a red bookmark, that means you need to check it out to yourself at the SmartServe (we’ll show you how if you’re feeling a bit rusty!)
  • Everybody who enters the building is required to provide contact details so it is really helpful if you have your library card with you.
  • All are reminded to sanitise their hands on entry and maintain social distancing (1.5m) – and please stay home if you are feeling at all unwell.
  • We offered a 3 month loan period during the closure, however since we’ve re-opened, items are currently given a 5 week loan period. If you have items that were given a 3 month loan period and you’ve finished with them, please return them soon because others may be waiting for them. Items that are more than 30 days overdue incur an admin fee, so if you are having difficulty getting in, please call us! 9780 5600
  • We are continuing to offer an ‘over-60s only’ session every Wednesday morning at the Margaret River Library from 10am to 12pm (but everybody is welcome after 12pm!)
  • Click & Collect is available from Augusta Library even though their doors are not yet open, and wifi is available from outside the library. Please click here for the latest information about opening times.

Finally, we want to say a big THANK YOU to our community for your continuing patience, compassion and concern for each other’s welfare. We are indeed ‘all in this together’ and we are grateful to have your support as we continue to deliver our library service. Stay safe and sane!








Talk about race and resilience

We shouldn’t shy away in moments of great divide and confusion – instead we must be compassionate and try to understand the suffering of others in order to build resilience in our world!


Click on the image to go straight to the catalogue and place your hold.

Look for these symbols which tell you if the item is also available as an e-book or e-audiobook:

= cloudLibrary      = BorrowBox       = Overdrive

Click here to find out more about how to use cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.



Learn how to use podcasting and blogging software – or just brush up your Office skills!

Hoonuit is free for all library members.

A video-based how-to training resource, Hoonuit opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

  • All the latest software offerings – Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
  • Upskill and embark on a new career – learn how to use the software behind blogging and podcasting, including WordPress and Captivate
  • Mobile training – learn how to use mobile phones and ipads
  • Accessibility – all videos are closed captioned

Click here to view a list of the courses currently available.

Go to Hoonuit  and enter your library card number to create a free account.

Tumblebook Library: a fun and educational e-resource for kids

Tumblebook Library is an easy-to-use e-resource to teach and entertain children.

It includes e-books, read along, graphic novels and more.

Have your library card handy and click here to start the fun. There is also an app available for use with mobile devices.

…or click here to browse the full range of library e-resources for our Junior community.

Borrow a book right now, from home, using your mobile device!

Your library membership gives you instant access to tens of thousands of titles that can be downloaded and enjoyed from your mobile device.

Download an audiobook for that long drive, or just ensure that you always have an e-book handy to read while you wait in line (something we are all doing a bit more of at the moment!)

No need to fill a suitcase with books for that next (long-awaited) holiday. And you don’t need to purchase a special device for the task – your mobile phone or tablet will do the job nicely.

There are several platforms you can browse, each offering a different range of titles and authors.

We recommend you start with cloudLibrary. It’s very user-friendly and quick to set up. Click here to view a brief how-to video.

You can also explore e-books and e-audiobook titles with BorrowBox and Overdrive, and browse e-magazines at RBDigital Magazines.

Have your library card handy, and click here to explore these resources.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 – virtually!

To celebrate Library and Information week, Storybox Library has a special online presentation of Emma from the Wiggles reading Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford for National Simultaneous Storytime!

Have your library barcode ready to click here and log in to Storybox at 11am today for a storytime that is shared by thousands of other children across Australia simultaneously.

You can also find activity sheets and colouring in at the Australian Library and Information Association’s website: 

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event now in it’s 20th year and hosted by the Australian Library and Information Association. Each year a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian artist is read all around the country at the same time in schools, libraries, child care centres and homes everywhere.

We hope you enjoy the story with your child and the opportunity to celebrate fantastic Australian children’s literature.



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Margaret River Library

Fearn Avenue, Margaret River WA 6285
Phone: (08) 9780 5600