Library catalogue goes online
Residents in the City of Karratha area now have more access to their local libraries than ever before, thanks to the introduction of a new online catalogue across all four libraries.
The catalogue, which was rolled out by the City last Monday after two months of development, has searchable records of all resources in each of the Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne and Wickham libraries.
It includes links to new onlineonly resources such as eBooks, databases, language-learning help and community event information.
It is the first online catalogue any Pilbara library has developed.
City of Karratha director of community services Andrew Ward said the catalogue would improve public access to library resources.
“The main benefit is that people living in the whole of the City of Karratha area can see what each library has,” he said.
“Not just what their local library has — they can see what other libraries have and they can request those items. And they can do that 24/7.
“This is everything from books to DVDs to CDs to magazines. So it’s a huge amount of resources listed within the computer.”
The catalogue’s launch comes at a time when memberships and visitor numbers are up across the City of Karratha libraries. Karratha library recorded 6384 members in 2016, up from 5145 the previous year, and about 1000 more visitors last year.
Mr Ward attributed the increases to the changing nature of libraries, which he said were becoming dynamic community centres rather than a place to only borrow books, and said the catalogue would further boost library usage.
City of Karratha’s Joyce Williams and Andrew Ward test the new online catalogue.