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Published Friday 8 February 2019
Tags:Libraries, Media Release

Mitchell Shire libraries change lives

There’s a whole lot more to Mitchell Shire’s libraries than first meets the eye. Libraries are a powerful tool to maintain healthy communities, help people learn and are often the catalyst for changing people’s lives for the better.

When you walk through the door of your local library, you walk in to a space where you can learn, create and belong, which can have a powerful and long-lasting effect.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said more people are using libraries than ever before and for a variety of different reasons.

“Mitchell Shire’s libraries had 192,000 visitors last year alone, from a population of just 41,000, and research shows that every dollar invested in the libraries generates plenty of benefits,” he said.

“Libraries across the state provided four million free Wi-Fi sessions last year – double the previous year. When one in eight households does not have internet access, we need libraries to assist people to go online.”

Mitchell Shire libraries are free to join, and members can borrow books, magazines, DVDs, audio books and e-resources.

Our libraries also host a range of free activities which cater for all ages, including weekly children's programs, school holiday programs, Robotics, Author Talks and Tech-Help.

We would like to know how one of our libraries has impacted your life. Did you learn to read from regularly visiting your library? Maybe you learnt to use a computer for the first time at your local library, or you don't have access to the internet at home, so you utilise the free wi-fi?

Whatever impact libraries have had on your life – we would like to know.

If you wish to tell us your story, please drop in to your local library and fill out the feedback form complete our online form

This page was last updated on 11 April 2019.