The Mt Evelyn Reading Room is located in a heritage building, formerly the railway station, in the heart of Mt Evelyn. The Reading Room at the Community House allows for the browsing, borrowing and return of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and the collection of reserved books. Free wifi, public access internet PCs and public toilets are available. Programs run by library staff are incorporated into the offerings of the Community House. The Reading Room is open for 28 of the 35 hours the Community House is open during the week.

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Goldfields Libraries retired and replaced its mobile library service with library agencies. These community facilities, located in towns that previously had mobile bus sites, have a regularly updated collection of fiction and non-fiction books, children’s picture books, junior fiction books, young adult fiction books, magazines, audio books and DVDs for borrowers to browse, as well as a self-loan area to borrow, reserve and return items (reserves delivered weekly). There is somewhere to sit and read, browse magazines or catch up with friends. Library programs such as Story Time for kids and digital literacy programs for adults are run on a regular basis. Library staff are on hand once a week. The agencies may be attended by local community centre staff and/or volunteers during opening hours.

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The concept of ‘open libraries’ has become increasingly popular in Scandinavian libraries over the past 10 years. These libraries combine staffed or ‘fully serviced’ opening hours with ‘self-serviced’ hours, using the self-serviced hours to provide access to the library for longer periods during the day, in the evenings, or over the weekend. People use their library card or fob to access the building.

Victoria’s first open library was opened in Foster, Gippsland in 2019.

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