The city’s city library is expanding its offerings to offer some of its biggest names online and in print.
Library director David Fisk says the new offerings include an array in print and digital formats.
“We’re taking a look at a lot of different formats, and we’re going to be adding a lot more print-on-demand services,” he said.
“The big challenge is to provide a wide range of things to people who don’t necessarily have access to a print library.”
David Fisk with a new online book.
David Fisks library has already launched a new subscription service.
(Supplied: David Fisks)Library staff have also added new tools to the online bookshelves to help patrons find what they are looking for.
“You can go to the new website and type in ‘Library’ and you can find a list of the best and most up-to-date books in the city and in the region,” Mr Fisk said.
He said the library’s new service will give people a way to find what their local library is offering.
“It’s going to provide you with the library, the titles, the categories and the topics that you can use to find the information you’re looking for,” he added.
“I think that’s going be a really powerful tool to give people access to the library that they’re interested in.”
Mr Fisk has also created an online library index.
It is now up to the public to sign up for the service.
“People have been really enthusiastic about it and have been able to sign-up,” he explained.
“A lot of them have been quite surprised when they did that, but they’re also finding that the information is there, so it’s a really great way to have access.”
He said a few hundred books had already been added to the service, but added that he was hoping to add as many as 100 more titles by the end of the year.
“At the moment, we have about 1,000 titles,” he confirmed.
“In the next few months, we’ll be adding more titles.”
But I’m sure by the time that we do, we will have a very substantial number.