BULAHDELAH Library service reopened earlier this week from its new location at the Rural Transaction Centre (RTC).
The service offers over 3,500 items for loan, including an extensive range of fiction and nonfiction books, CDs, DVDs, large print and audio books as well as magazines.
The new space also includes a dedicated children’s section and reading tables.
The service will be managed by Bulahdelah Chamber of Commerce for a trial period of 12 months.
“It’s good that Bulahdelah gets to retain the library service for the community,” Chamber Vice-President Kevin Carter said.
“It’s up to the community now to use it or lose it.”
According to MidCoast Council, Bulahdelah Library has 287 members, with only 162 active during 2016.
A total of 4,271 items were borrowed last year, which represents just 0.6 percent of all library loans in the MidCoast region.
Chamber President John Sahyoun said he hopes library membership and loans will soar over the coming 12 months.
“New members can sign up at the RTC, it’s quick and easy, and costs nothing to join,” Mr Sahyoun said.
“If we don’t have an item in stock that you wish to borrow, and it is in the MidCoast Library Services catalogue, our staff can order it in.”
The library is open five days a week, from 9am-1pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-3pm on Fridays.
Mr Sahyoun said an official opening will occur in the next few weeks.