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MEDIA RELEASE - Help the libraries big move with the aid of your eyes

19 July 2018

Help the Portland library make its big move this month, not with your muscles, but with the power of your eyes.

Glenelg Libraries manager Yvette Parker is calling on loyal members to loan as many books as possible over the coming weeks to assist in “lightening the load” for the Portland library team.

The library is busily preparing to pack for the relocation into its new look Bentinck Street facility which has undergone an extensive renovation over the past six months and is due to open early next month.

“With more than 26,000 books in our collection, it’s fair to say this is a heavy move,” Ms Parker mused.

“We are urging our dedicated library members to help with the heavy lifting. But it’s not their muscle power we are calling on – we want the power of borrowing to help lighten our load.

“There is more than 11,000 kilograms of floor stock to move and we would appreciate any local assistance to reduce the amount of stock we need to relocate back to our Bentinck Street facility.

“Apart from the huge amount of books, there are also countless DVDs and magazines we would rather see being enjoyed in someone’s home, instead of being locked away in the cold confines of our removal truck.”

Library members will be provided an amnesty until Tuesday 7 August to borrow as many items as they require. All overdue notices and fines, usually issued after seven days from the due date, will be waived during the period.

“There will be no limit on what people can borrow during this amnesty period. We urge library members to make the most of this opportunity and enjoy the waiver period,” Ms Parker said.

“We promise there will be no fines during this period. All we ask is that people help borrow to assist our staff with the big move.”

The temporary library facility at Percy Street will close at 5pm Friday 27 July to begin the moving process into the new look Bentinck Street building.

The library building will be closed from Saturday 28 July - 3 August 2018, however the Library2Go vehicle will be parked at Bentinck Street from Monday 30 July to provide access to a smaller collection and free wifi.

The doors will officially reopen to the public on Saturday 4 August 2018 with a grand opening celebration.

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