Li­brary still a com­mu­nity hub

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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.

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