Pilot program for extended hours at Toukley library

Toukley Library

Toukley Library will be open for extended hours on a trial basis, starting from Friday, July 1.

Library@yourtime is a new automated, self-access service, providing greater flexibility and convenience for users to access library services during extended hours, outside of the regular staffed library hours.

This will enable users to use the unstaffed library after hours and on weekends to meet the needs of people on their way to and from work, students, or families who will have access to technology, internet computers, self-service loans and returns.

Central Coast Council Unit Manager, Beth Burgess said the aim was to enable the community to make full use of the library space and services at time that suited them.

“This program complements the existing staffed hours, during which library members can receive help and guidance as required,” she said.

The unstaffed access hours of Library@yourtime from Friday, July 1 will be weekdays from 7am to 8.30am and 5pm to 7pm and on weekends from 7am to 7pm.

The usual staffed  library hours will remain the same.

Burgess said a community reference group would be set up to monitor the pilot program and provide feedback which would be assessed after the six-month period had ended.

Participants of the program, who must be over the age of 18 and meet the terms and conditions of the program, will be required to complete a building and safety induction course.

The course will take participants through user guidelines for accessing Library@yourtime and a site tour.

After the induction a swipe card will be issued for after-hours access and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an inducted adult.

Induction tours will be held on Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 25 and can be booked by phoning 4350 1540.

Council Administrator, Rik Hart said the recent upgrades to the Toukley library, including a new roof and the installation of new LED lighting, would ensure the library offered a safe, modern space to library users.

“This new extended hours access trial is another example of how Council is working to accommodate the needs of the community and to fit in with their different lifestyles,” he said. 

The six-month trial of Library@yourtime is being funded by a State Library of NSW Local Priority Grant.

Sue Murray