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Jun, 2019

The Library – More than books!

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The public library has come a long way from your traditional warehouse of rows of books sitting on shelves. Libraries have adopted to the needs of their audience in the 21st century as we move through the age of information technology, 24/7 access, and on demand services.

Western Downs Libraries has a range of services and collections that you may not know about, please check these out on your next visit, or in some cases, from the comfort of your own home!

At your local library

Public PCs & Wi-Fi: Available for booking for one hour a day, with printing, scanning and faxing facilities.

Music Studio: Available for booking with a library card and a short 5 min induction, the music studio has garage band mixing software with 2 x microphones, and a keyboard. (Dalby Library)

VR Cube: Virtual Reality Cube, experience virtual reality on our HTC VIVE, available for 30 minute session with a library card for ages 10 + with a parent. (Dalby Library)

Media Room: Available for an hour booking with a library card, come play Xbox one, PS4, Wii, or just watch a movie.

Public Programs: Storytimes, yoga, STEAMSquad, bookclubs, lifestyle workshops, technology sessions, Dungeons & Dragons – see our ‘What’s On’ section of this website for more information.

Your library at home:

All these online services are available to you free with your Western Downs Libraries card from the comfort of your own home.

Kanopy: Your free online streaming service, watch up to 10 movies per month – a range of old, new, and quirky films for everyone.

BorrowBox: Download borrowbox onto any smartphone or tablet and select from our wide range of ebooks & eaudiobooks

RB Digital: Visit RBDigital website and create an account, then download the app onto any smartphone or tablet to select from our wide range of e-audiobooks & e-magazines

Storybox Library: Online videos of popular picture book stories read by local known Australians.

Lynda.com:  Want to learn to play the Guitar? Use Adobe Photoshop? Lynda has 1000’s free online courses to improve your current skillset.

Research Databases: Doing an assignment? we subscribe to a number of educational research databases with reliable information, available at your fingertips,

Reserving Items: If you prefer a paper book, search our online catalogue for the item you wish to reserve and we’ll send it to your local library branch available for pickup. This service attracts a 50 cent fee per item.