Horsham Library to open at Gateway Plaza

WIMMERA Regional Library Corporation’s Horsham branch will open at its new temporary home in the Gateway Centre on Monday.

Library manager Mary Dalgleish said the branch would be at the centre in Wilson Street for about three months.

The temporary arrangements are to allow work on the Mibus Centre.

Renovations include installation of a lift to enable disabled access to the centre’s second floor, upgrades to toilets on the second floor and upgrades to the building’s entrance.

The library closed last week while staff moved stock.

“It went really smoothly,” Mrs Dalgleish said.

“We had the guys from the depot do all the heavy lifting from Monday to Wednesday and we also had help from some of the Anglicare children to sort things out.”

Mrs Dalgleish said the library’s regular services would continue at the Gateway Centre such as storytime, rhymetime and other regular library events, a full lending service, public access to computers and free wifi access.

She said although the collection would be smaller, library users would be able to request items.

Mrs Dalgleish said the library board had agreed to a book amnesty while the service was operating out of the Gateway Centre.

“If people have fines, they can come in and ask us to waive them,” she said.

“This is only available for people who visit us at the Gateway Centre and ask for it. It’s not available at any other branch.”

The library will continue to operate between 10am and 5.30pm on weekdays and 9.30am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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