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Public Libraries open - online!

Public Libraries open - online!

Many libraries experienced the last-minute rush this week, but there is no reason to panic.

Libraries have always supported their communities and during the national lockdown its business as usual.With services such as interloan, there are few items that are not available. There are activities for children and online learning options. Here are a few services that will help you get through the next few weeks and beyond.

Join online! Many libraries are now offering the facility for online membership. Contact your local library for details, as it does vary within councils.  

Loan periods extended. No need to return your books. Library loans have been extended to ensure people remain safe within their homes. If the lockdown is extended items will automatically extend, too.

Try interloan. This is a service whereby you can borrow books DVDs, music, etc. and/or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library from your local library. Some costs do apply.

Live streaming. Library staff are looking into ways they can stream or video the more and more popular programmes such as learning events or story times. Many are using Facebook to stream activities.

Social media. Most public libraries are regularly on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

School Students. The importance of keeping the family reading is critical to their continued academic success.So do it together!

AnyQuestions. AnyQuestions is a free, quality online reference service for all New Zealand school students. The service is open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 6pm and anyone with an internet-enabled device — computer, tablet or smart phone — can use it.

Phone support. Most Council call centres are open, providing further information.

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