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Whyalla Public Library has recorded a huge jump in visitor numbers in the last financial year. Pictured were library assistant Lynette Steele and city librarian Catherine McIntyre.The community has buried its head in the books with customer visits to the Whyalla Public Library up by more than eight per cent in the 2014/15 financial year.
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The library recorded 86,316 visits, an average of 245 per day, which is an increase of 6490 from the previous year.

City librarian Catherine McIntyre said the library had recorded an increase in numbers across the board.

“The demand for library services has increased over the last financial year as Whyalla Public Library firmly establishes its place as a central information, digital and community hub, adapting to meet the evolving needs of the local population,” she said.

“9035 people are members of the library, that is 40.9 per cent of Whyalla’s population, and not everyone who uses the library service have joined as members.”

Ms McIntyre put the increased visitation down to a demand for the library’s new digital services with the library offering much more than just books.

“This rise, an increase of 6,490 visits on the previous year, is in response to newly discovered library services and opportunities and is expected to continue as the library meets the demands of our information and technology driven, knowledge-based society,” she said.

A number of new digital strategies have recently been introduced to the library including online training resource LyndaLibrary and digital magazine catalogue Zinio.

Whyalla City Council group manager community Migelle Hiscock said she was pleased the facility was continuing to attract the community and was being well used.

“We are very proud of the Whyalla Public Library, and from the numbers of people using the facility, I think it demonstrates that the community is proud of the facility too,” Mrs Hiscock said.

“The library offers many wonderful facilities and services, and I am glad residents appear to be making full use of these services.”

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