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Waitakere's libraries: what they can do for you

22 August 2005

Profiling Waitakere's libraries: what they can do for you

Not so long ago, libraries were best known for their book collections but now there are an endless number of choices at your local library. Magazines, internet, CDs, DVDs, movies, Learning Centres, multicultural and Maori services and research facilities all mean that your local library has something to suit everyone.

To cater for changing needs, Waitakere Libraries have made their facilities more accessible with books, movies, music and the Internet available for free or a small cost with your membership card.

Try a CD you've had your eye on with up to seven days of listening for just a dollar. The larger libraries stock recent titles as well as classics and if you're still undecided after seven days, each extra day of listening costs only a dollar.

The soon to be opened New Lynn War Memorial Library will include a suite of new additions to library services such as a Learning Centre with a full time co-ordinator to provide computer courses, a homework zone and free drop-in computer use.

Following in the steps of Glen Eden Library that opened in October last year, New Lynn War Memorial will also share its facilities with the Citizens' Advice Bureau. The joining of the two operations is a natural bond, with both providing a free service to the community. The new facility will also be open seven days.

In addition, if you need to pay your rates, register your dog or have any queries about Council, the new library will also have an integrated service centre to take care of all your needs in one place.

The launch of a new shared computer system and online catalogue between five of Auckland's regional libraries has allowed Waitakere Libraries to open up its collection to the public of greater Auckland.

In return, Waitakere residents can view and inter-loan between libraries in the region, for a small charge. If you don't have the internet at home, you can visit your local library to search the catalogue and set up a personalised reading diary. You can even request book purchases to your local library if they don't have what you're looking for.

For more information on any of these services, call 839-0400.


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