Celebrating 50 years of Macquarie Regional Library

Macquarie Regional Library is turning 50 and is invites members of the public to join in the celebrations.

“During the passage of time and significant changes in technology and the way people acquire and absorb their information, libraries still play a critical role in the community,” said Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields. “Five decades on, moving with the times and ever-evolving to service customer and community needs – this particular birthday is absolutely something to celebrate and we should all be extremely proud of the Macquarie Regional Library.”

Formed in 1970, the library service has expanded in the past 50 years to include ten branches and service points, catering to a population of nearly 70,000 and covering an area of over 25,000 square kilometres.

Manager, Macquarie Regional Library, Kathryn McAlister, said, “We are thrilled to be celebrating 50 years of service to our community. No other institution offers the same safe and inclusive public spaces with free and equal access to ideas, education and social engagement as the library.”

Over the past 50 years, there have been many changes to the library service. Index cards and date stamps have been replaced with computer catalogues and library cards. Collections are more accessible because they are now electronic and available from home, as well as physical. Library visitors can enjoy convenient services such as online resources and innovative new programs like online author talks, coding and virtual reality.

To celebrate 50 years, the library is offering patrons the chance to win a free Love Your Library KeepCup. To be in the draw for this prize, patrons can visit one of the library’s ten branches or visit the library website during November and complete an entry form, detailing why they love the library in 50 words or less.

For more information, contact the library on 6801 4501 or visit www.mrl.nsw.gov.au

Last Edited: 02 Nov 2020

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