Gunnedah Shire Library is your gateway to enjoyment and lifelong reading.It’s a social meeting place where people can pursue their individual interests in a pleasant community setting. Our aim is to provide the residents of Gunnedah Shire, and visitors to the area, a pleasant community setting in which they can meet their recreational and educational needs.
Here are the services offered by Gunnedah Shire Library:
1,000 Books before School programme will begin at Gunnedah library in January 2014.Even though this programme officially starts in January, parents can join their children at any time during the year.By reading just one book each evening, the target of 1,000 books can be achieved in less than three years and the child will be set for a lifelong love of books and learning – a great outcome for an investment of three to five minutes each day, and not difficult at all.Certificates will be awarded for reading 50, 100, 250, 500, 750 and then 1,000 books, so when the child starts school or preschool, not only will they have a handful of awards that they can show their classmates and teachers, but they will also have a head start in learning to read and write.
There's a Family History Group that meets at the library every second Wednesday and every fourth Friday of each month, at 10.30. They can help with getting you started with your research.The library also has books about researching family history that can be borrowed.The library also subscribes to an online database: the ProQuest Ancestry Library. This database includes Australian electoral rolls, convict records, UK and US census records, and US immigration collection.There is a charge to use this database, and once it had been paid, the password and login are good for one year.The library also holds microfiche/film records of the local papers and they are available during opening hours.Staff can assist if necessary.
The Gunnedah Shire Library offers a free of charge Housebound Service so that people who are confined to their homes still have access to library materials
Who is Eligible? Anyone who is unable to visit the library because of long term ill, health, age, handicap etc...
What is Available? Small and large print fiction, non-fiction books, music CD's, talking booking (CD & playaway), magazines, newspapers & DVD's.
Who chooses them? The library staff will choose material according to the taste of the borrower.
Who delivers them? A staff member or volunteer will deliver the new items and pick up the old ones for return.
When are the books delivered? Every second Wednesday.
How many can you have? How ever many are needed for the fortnight but no more than 20 items.
How do you arrange for this service? Simply call the library on 67402190 during library hours.
The Shop Bound Service is tailored to meet the needs of those people in shops whose working hours match the library hours, and so are unable to access the library and its services. The service will operate like the housebound library service, which delivers bags of books directly to people unable to come to the library.People wanting to take part in the Shop Bound Service simply need to fill out a library application form if they are not a member already, and answer a brief questionnaire which will give library staff their reading preferences. Using these preferences, library staff will select relevant material, check it out for the user, and deliver a bag of books to their shop every two weeks.If any business or shop wishes to use this service, please ring 6740 2190 and a staff member will visit with the relevant forms.
From the State Library of NSW, Gunnedah Library can burrow books in over 50 different languages. The books are available in all levels and in all categories: adult fiction and non-fiction, children's fiction and non-fiction, and picture books. There are approximately 30 books in each delivery, and the boxes are changed every three months, or sooner if necessary. You can also request specific authors and titles.
Although the library is closed to the public, we are still offering services to the public in many ways.
Please contact the library on 67402190 for information on any of these services.
Gunnedah Shire Library is gradually transitioning back to normal services, however some aspects of your visit may be different.
When you come into the library, you will need to sign in at the door and use hand-sanitiser.
If you use a public access computer, you will be handed an anti-bacterial wipe to clean the keyboard, mouse, chair arms and the desk before you start.
Social distancing rules apply when moving around the library, so please follow the floor markings and only use chairs that are available.
Members can come into the library to select and return books, however more at-risk members of the community can still access the house bound delivery service. If you live within the Gunnedah township, just let the staff know how many books you wish and what type, and they will deliver a bag once a fortnight.
Some library programmes are starting again such as Brain Training, Knit & Natter, Toddler Time and Junior Brain Games. If you would like to join these groups, please contact the library for more information.
Other programmes such as Bookends Literacy Assist and the School Holiday Programme are still not re-commencing, due to social distancing restrictions. Alternate arrangements for the School Holiday Programme are being organised.
The library still has eResources available through their website. Go to the eResources page to find a list of books, magazines, audiobooks and activities that are available online.