Parkes Shire libraries expand online collection in response to coronavirus pandemic

ANYWHERE, ANYTIME: Library officer Emma Brown listening to one of the audio books from the Parkes Shire Library online collection. Photo: Submitted
ANYWHERE, ANYTIME: Library officer Emma Brown listening to one of the audio books from the Parkes Shire Library online collection. Photo: Submitted

Parkes Shire Libraries has expanded its digital collection to include more than 3000 online resources, enabling library members to read, listen and watch anywhere, anytime.

Library staff have been working to adapt services and programming to meet the changing needs of the community and library members in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

"Under the NSW Public Health Order, we were required to close our doors to the public at the end of March for 10 weeks," Manager for Cultural Education and Library Services Kerryn Jones said.

"During the closure period, we saw a huge influx in website traffic as more and more of our members began accessing our online resources.

"We quickly recognised the need to expand our digital collection so that our community can continue to read, learn, listen and watch from home.

"We are most excited about the addition of Beamafilm to our online offering, where members can stream their favourite feature films and documentaries for free with their library card."

To access the Parkes Shire Library online collection, head to the My Online Library page on council's website.

You will be asked to enter the barcode number on the back of your library card.

For those who aren't a library member, it is free to join.

People can contact the library team via email library@parkes.nsw.gov.au, phone (02) 6861 2309, or visit us at one of the branches across the Parkes Shire.

All people need is identification that shows their name, address and signature.

The library has listed what's been added to its online collection for all libraries in the shire:

  • Beamafilm - more than 1000 great Australian and international movies and documentaries. Search by title, subject or genre such as family favourites, action and adventure.
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks - choose from a wide selection of new release, bestsellers and award-winning eBooks and eAudiobooks for both adults and children through the RB Digital, Indyreads and Wheelers platforms.
  • eMagazines - browse more than 3000 eMagazines in numerous languages across a wide range of subjects to interest everyone.
  • Storybox - favourite stories read aloud by storytellers suitable for preschool and primary aged children.
  • Learning and training links - members can take advantage of the range of online learning and training, including full access to the NSW State Library's 'At Home' site.