Your local council library is an amazing place, offering a huge number of services to your community.
Let’s have a look at what’s on offer!
SA council libraries provide a fabulous place to meet and connect with friends and family and of course the little ones.
Libraries have also become one of our favourite places to meet with many incorporating cafés and meeting rooms used by a wide variety of community groups.
Libraries offer free internet and computer access, supporting access to government services, connecting with friends and family and searching for job opportunities.
Many also host JP services, and lend out toys, computer tablets, and sometimes even garden equipment.
They run programs that bring people from all walks of life together, including story time, summer reading clubs, English as a second language, digital literacy courses and book discussion groups.
Most council libraries run programs, host guest readers for reading clubs and don't forget the very popular story time for children.
Did you know that over 500,000 South Australians have an active OneCard library membership – this is unique to SA council libraries. The OneCard membership allows someone in a remote area to have the same access to borrowing as someone in metro Adelaide and to top it off, you can return your library items to ‘any council library’ in South Australia!
Here’s some other stats for you… South Australian council libraries loaned out 12.5m items last year. In fact, South Australian Councils operate over 100 libraries and support another 40 school-based, joint-use libraries in rural and remote areas.
I’m sure you will agree that this is a worthy investment that provides direct benefits to members and community health and wellbeing.
South Australian councils spent $86M on libraries in 2018/19, supported by State Government funding of $25M. The range of services provided by council libraries could not be achieved without this valuable funding.
For more information talk to your local library staff or visit their website.
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