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Supporting our Community During Covid-19: Pop-up Library @ Home Joins Council’s Good Neighbour Program

Source: Blue Mountains City Council
Archived 24 Jun 2020 - Posted: 25 Apr 2020
Blue Mountains Library is doing its part to be a Good Neighbour, offering a Pop-up Library @ Home service for vulnerable members of the community.

Seniors and people living with disabilities in the Blue Mountains who are self-isolating due to COVID-19, and have limited or no access to our Library’s online eResources, can now get books and DVDs delivered to their door to keep.

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill praised the Library team’s spirit and commitment, saying they are going above and beyond to provide comfort to the community.

“The Pop-up Library @ Home program is a wonderful extension of the Good Neighbour Calling Card and Emergency Food Boxes Council has rolled out over the last two weeks,” Mayor Greenhill said.

Good Neighbour is all about supporting each other and building community, even and especially in these extraordinary and difficult times.

“Our Library team are incredibly passionate and hard-working, and provide an extensive range of online resources for the community to access.

“The Pop-Up Library @ Home is their way of extending that to the most vulnerable among us, who have limited or no access to the internet.

“Providing essential supplies and food to those in need is critical, as is looking out for and boosting their wellbeing and morale wherever we can.”

Books and DVDs delivered as part of the Pop-up Library @ Home are a gift and do not need to be returned. If recipients want to recycle them once they’ve enjoyed them, they can be returned to any Library branch once they have reopened.

All requests for books and DVDs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. There is a limited number of books and DVDs available, so we will be prioritising deliveries based on those in greatest need.

Books and DVDs are selected randomly and unfortunately we can’t accommodate specific requests.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Mountains Library is also posting out books that had previously been placed on reserve by Library members.

If you are or know a Blue Mountains Resident over the age of 65, or living with a disability with limited access to online resources, please complete the online request card at Council's Good Neighbour page, or call the Library on 4723 5040 (Lower Mountains) or 4780 5750 (Upper Mountains). You don’t need to be a Library member to access this service.

All members of the community can access the Library’s full online eResources, including eBooks, audio books, eMagazines, video streaming and more. Visit the library to find out more and get browsing.

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