Library still a community hub
Finley library has become a popular social hub for locals, with recent figures showing visitation was up between July and September.
Berrigan Shire library manager Anne Nevins said the Finley library had 2132 visitations during those months, compared 1334 in the same period last year.
Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan said the reason for the increase at Finley library is because it has been ‘‘embraced’’ by the community.
‘‘It would be safe to say our libraries are the second most popular places in the Berrigan Shire, outside of our recreation reserves and showgrounds.
‘‘Many activities are held at our libraries and now people are realising what they provide it encourages them to return.
‘‘Our libraries aren’t just used for borrowing books any more, we’re seeing a lot of people using them to access technology and they provide a meeting place for many of our community groups.’’
Berrigan library also experienced a slight increase in visitation in the same reporting period, while there were decreases at Barooga and Tocumwal.
The review also showed that Berrigan Shire residents have stepped away from borrowing hard copy books, with online copies, eBooks and eAudio books all more popular this year.