One of the great things about writing reviews is that I learn so much about the places that I review. At the Geelong Regional Libraries you can do so much, and I seriously had no idea how many different services the Library offers.
eReader Service at Geelong Regional Libaries
Do you have an eReader, iPad or tablet device? Geelong Regional Library has a collection of eBooks for your device. The great thing about eBooks is that they are available even when the libraries are closed, they can return themselves automatically (you need to physically return borrowed library books), and you won't incur an overdue fine for borrowing eBooks. You do need to have a library membership to download eBooks.
How about e-Audiobooks? You can now listen to an e-Audiobook while you commute to work, while spending time at work on a boring task (don't tell the boss though), while you're working out, cooking meals at home or just listen to an e-Audiobook for some background noise. The Geelong Regional Library provides access to multiple platforms that offer e-Audiobooks. Bolinda Digital has e-Audiobooks and e-Books, or you can listen to an e-Audiobook in MP3 format. You can listen to eBooks on a smartphone or tablet.
To borrow or renew e-Books, or e-Audiobooks you will need an online login to access your Catalogue account. To set up a pin you can call or visit your local library.
Borrowing and returning items
As a member of the Geelong Regional Library you can borrow materials from the library or from the Mobile Library (it comes to you). When you borrow books or other items from the Library you need to present your library card. Members can borrow up to 40 items, including books, DVDs, and music CDs.
How long can you lend (loan) an item for? you ask. Books and audio books - 28 days Magazines - 14 days Music CDs and DVDs - 14 days
If you still need an item you can renew it, unless the item has been requested by another member. You can renew an item twice by phoning, in person or via the online catalogue.
Home Library Service, Geelong Library
Home Library Service
If you are housebound and have a love of books, the Home Library Service provides a service to ensure that you are able to access books, talking books, DVDs and CDs at home. The library will bring the items to you. Home Library Service members will receive regular deliveries of items.
The Home Library Service is available to residents of the Borough of Queenscliffe, the City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire and the Surf Coast Shire. (That covers the whole of Geelong.)
People who are housebound due to age, illness, injury or disability, and don't have family members to assist with selection and delivery of library materials may be eligible for the Home Library Service. You can contact the library to find out about eligibility and how to apply.
There are so many libraries in the Geelong region. You can find a library at Bannockburn, Barwon Heads, Belmong, Chilwell (Newtown), Corio, Drysdale, Geelong City, Geelong West, Highton, Lara, Newcomb, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff, Torquay, Waurn Ponds and Western Heights College Library. Geelong Regional Library also provides a Mobile Library Service.
Internet Access is free at the Geelong libraries. Members are limited to an hour, but may request more time. You can book internet usage up to a week in advance, however you can usually find a free computer when you walk in.
You can print out information at the library, from the computers. The Geelong Regional Library website contains more information about prices. An A4 page, printed in black and white, will cost 25 cents to print, per page.
Children's programs, Geelong Regional Library
There are programs for the little ones. You can bring your toddler or pre-schooler to the library for Baby Time - Nursery Verses, Chatterbooks, Preschool Story Time and Toddler Time.
The list goes on and I could write much more about the Geelong Regional Library Services. Check out the web page, drop in to your nearest Library. There is so much on offer.
Geelong Regional Library, in Little Malop Street, is currently under reconstruction. The City of Greater Geelong is rebuilding a bigger and better Library and Geelong Heritage Centre on the old building site. The Geelong Regional Library has been relocated to the State Government Building in Little Malop Street.
Artists impression of the new Geelong Library / Heritage Centre
If, like me, you weren't aware of all the services available at our great Geelong Regional Libraries, go and visit a library soon to find out what's on! I aim to visit our local Corio Library real soon.