You will need to get your weekend reading, listening and viewing sorted a little earlier at the end of October, as our libraries’ software system is due to be upgraded over the long weekend.
The closure is essential to the software upgrade running smoothly, says Jane Hill, Libraries Manager. “We realise this will be an inconvenience for some people who like to visit our libraries over a long weekend. However, we urge you to go along a week or two beforehand to take out any items you need for that time”.
Johnsonville, Newtown and Central libraries will close at 7pm on Friday 22 October, while other libraries will close at their regular Friday hours of 5.30 or 6pm. Libraries will reopen again as normal on Tuesday 26 October. Online access to the catalogues, mygateway.info databases, downloadable audiobooks and customer library accounts will be unavailable while libraries are closed. However, customers will still be able to access all other parts of the library website, including this blog. For people wanting to return items over the break, library after-hours return slots will be open.
Jane says libraries have taken into account items that would have been due to be returned over Labour Weekend : “we’ve reconfigured our system to make sure that these items will automatically become due for return on the Tuesday following Labour Weekend. This way – no one will be charged overdue fines because of the closure. Also anything already overdue won’t incur extra fines while we are closed. ”
More information on the upgrade will be posted on this blog and elsewhere on the library website closer to the long weekend.