Max out your library card
  • Friday 12 September 2008

With increasing financial pressures on the family budget, now is the time for people to rediscover their libraries as free sources of entertainment and education for themselves and their families.

The latest Sensis consumer report based on a survey of 1500 people in August 2008 confirms that Australians are less confident of their financial future than they were 9 months ago. Rising living costs, petrol prices and interest rates were all of concern to people surveyed.

Councillor Paul Tatton, Service Delivery Committee chair, says in tough economic times, it pays to “max out” your library card rather than your credit card.

“For the past few months, council has been trying to make public libraries on the Sunshine Coast even more accessible to residents and visitors,” Cr Tatton said.

“The single library card introduced in March this year, now enables members to search materials in all of the Coast’s public libraries more easily, and borrow and return items at any library.”

Council staff have been working collaboratively over the last few months to ensure that the libraries are stocked with the most up to date materials possible, with the shortest lead time.

With over 580,000 items to loan and 115 PC’s for public use, council’s libraries have something for everyone, and it will mean that you are not maxing out your credit cards.

Membership is free and libraries now offer other free services such as internet access, loans of DVD’s, music CD’s and they run about 4500 activities and events every year.