Fairfield leading the way in libraries

Published Friday, 28th August 2015

Leading the way in libraries, Fairfield City Council launched its Fairfield Open Libraries program on Wednesday 26 August

The Open Libraries program comprises of initiatives focused on transforming all Fairfield City libraries into modern, cutting edge facilities through.

Improved digital accessibility, apps, extended opening hours and more ways to connect and access resources than ever before.

Recent refurbishments provide customers with unique community meeting spaces that can be enjoyed in different ways from enjoying a cup of coffee whilst reading, studying or viewing the latest coverage on the TV screens provided.

Library users can now research the worldwide web by connecting to free WiFi from their personal devices or with the new computers and iPads available in all Fairfield libraries.

“Libraries are no longer known for being a quiet place where you borrow books and go to study”, said Mayor Carbone.

“Our libraries are vibrant welcoming social hubs for the whole community to use, that encourages lifelong learning as well as improved technology.”

As one of the most culturally diverse communities in Australia, Fairfield now has online access to more than 4,000 international newspapers and magazines in 60 over languages.

“We recognise the importance of providing information and resources in multiple languages,“ Mayor Carbone said. “The recent technological innovations inspire learning, creativity and curiosity for our whole community.”

“Through these revitalised services, our libraries contribute invaluably to create a sense of belonging and community for the residents of Fairfield City.”

Society is digitally connected 24/7 and Fairfield Council has introduced technological innovations to address these trends.

Digital access to a wide range of authors and titles will now be available with the 3M Cloud Library, a Council initiative revolutionising libraries.

In an Australian first, this latest technology is unique in its flexible, easy-to-use lending system, enhancing the eBook borrowing services now available in Australia.

“The community will experience improved borrowing services where they can access and borrow library eBooks from the comfort of their lounge room, office or on-the-go,” said Mayor Carbone.

Discovery Terminals, available at all libraries, will give customers a seamless browsing experience to its digital collection, as well as normal borrowing services such as check out, holding, and returning eBooks.

“The 3M Cloud Library is a downloadable application (app) that integrates with the eBook library catalogue available on the Discovery Terminals and offers the capability of borrowing services for eBooks from the app itself,” said Mayor Carbone.

“Libraries are now the place for communities to interact with and learn about new technologies.”

“eBooks are a great way to build awareness of digital advancements and this technology just makes it even easier for the community.”

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