Join and find out what’s free at Sunshine Coast Libraries
  • Monday 06 June 2016

Next time you pass by your local Sunshine Coast Council library make sure you drop in to discover the benefits of joining including access to free books, movies, music and so much more.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said anyone can join Sunshine Coast Libraries and the good news is it is totally free.

“By having a library membership you can access information and resources in every possible form and format. You can either personally visit one of our eight library branches or two mobile libraries or visit the eLibrary and access a range of online resources including books, magazines, movies and music,” Cr McKay said.

“Whether you are a child or a senior there is something for everyone at Sunshine Coast Libraries.

“You can borrow up to 30 items and keep them for three weeks. The good news is you can renew items for an additional three weeks so you have more time to enjoy them.

“Did you know you can keep up with the news by reading newspapers from around the world on your device in the comfort of your home or visit the library and use the free WiFi.

“People can subscribe to the Library eNews and book in early to the hundreds of free events across the region. With everything on offer from health and wellbeing, business and finance, sustainable living, author events, storytelling, art activities and more.

“Our libraries also have an awesome range of resources for young people. By visiting the website you can get help with homework, learn to code, play interactive games and of course our popular holiday activity program to entertain children.”

Cr McKay said the modern day library is an important community hub and a hive of activity which brings people together.

“From an economic perspective, libraries unlock opportunities for job prospects, they enhance small business start-ups and offers opportunities to local people to promote their services,” Cr McKay said.

“Libraries have technology tutors who help beginners through to intermediate users so they can maximise the benefits of their computer or device. There are also tutorials for Android and Apple, tablets and apps, eLibrary and social media.

“Socially, libraries bring people together, reducing isolation and with a significantly loyal volunteering base, the library service provides an opportunity for people to remain active and engaged in community life.

“I encourage you to head to your nearest library, meet the friendly staff and become a member just like thousands of other locals who have already discovered the benefits.”

Visit council’s library website for more details