Happiness is a clean carpet.

clean library carpet

The lovely clean carpet in the Children's Storytime area. But how long will it last?

Borrowers leaving the Library as we closed yesterday would have noticed staff hurriedly stacking chairs, moving tables, and clearing the entire space of its furniture. The disruption was to make way for the carpet to be cleaned overnight. The Library averages more than 1,000 borrowers per day, and over time their millions of footsteps take a serious toll on our carpets! Not to mention coffee spills in the cafe and relaxed reading areas, and the inevitable stains left after the Baby-Bounce, Toddler Time and Storytime sessions that we hold many times each week.

Meanwhile, if you want sound advice on removing stubborn stains in your own home, can we suggest the books of domestic cleaner extraordinaire Shannon Lush. But for the time being we’re a bit over moving furniture.

What are they up to in the Library?

If you come in to the Library over the next couple of days, you will notice some work being done near the Quick Picks wall and that the shelving that used to be there has been temporarily moved next to the Reference Collection.

This is to allow the installation of a Voltage Optimisation Device in the main electrical distribution board of the Civic Centre, which happens to be in the Library!
This energy saving initiative is designed to smooth out the peaks and troughs of our electricity supply and prevent spiking of the supply, thus reducing our demand on electricity and saving money.
All good things to do!

After completion of the work this week, the switch to the new system will take place on Sunday 16th October and we don’t anticipate any disruption to our service on that day.
We’ll be putting the Non Fiction paperback shelves back and also rearranging the Quick Picks display.

Recent history

Whilst recently cleaning up  folders on my hard drive I came across some photos of the Library from 2007. It’s amazing to see what has changed in such a short time. This was pre-Toy Library days and featured the old photocopier alcove, Local History Office, and the Library workroom (where all the cataloguing and processing occurs) was a garage!

Check the before and after photos below.
The directors garage became the Library workroom.








An internal view of the garage and now the Library workroom.









The Local History Office is still in the roughly the same location, however the Local History collection was moved, and the photocopier alcove demolished to make way for the new Toy Library.

If you have any photos or memories of the region, we would be very happy to find out about them. You can also see our range of books, photos, maps and other items on the history of the region in our Local History collection.

Impressive Australian libraries

The Pix Grove blog has a post on ‘Incredible Libraries Around the World’. It features some wonderful photos from old and new libraries – and a couple of them are in Australia:

State Library - Victoria

Mitchell Library - New South Wales

This one wasn’t in the original blog post, but I think another library worth a mention is the magnificent Mortlock Library here in Adelaide:

State Library - South Australia

(photo from Lonely Planet)

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

Wheelie fun time…

With and without wheelsIf you have visited the library this week, you may have been fooled into thinking we acquired new shelving.  However this is not the case.  Instead, wheels have been added to the children’s and the large print collection.  We want a more flexible library space  catering for larger audiences.   Adding wheels was the best solution.  During the next few weeks, both collections will be re-arranged to take advantage of the natural light and views of Civic Park.Cleaning shelves

Having wheels fitted to the shelving sounds easy.  However, it did involve moving all the books in both collections.  Many thanks to the staff who cleaned the shelves and shifted  all the books.

Returning items…

Returned materialsWhile the school holidays are drawing to a close, and the rain is finally beginning to fall, library items never stop being returned. Even when we’re closed! The return chutes are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and we are pleased that they are well used. The picture is an example of what staff see when we come to clear following a day of being closed. You maybe interested to know that over Easter, there were a few dedicated staff who came in especially to ensure the items were ready and available for when the library opened on the Tuesday, after the public holidays. By the end of Tuesday 14 April, the Library had 8,709 items returned – which was a lot to shelve!

Ever wondered what the oldest library in the world is?

st-catherines-monasteryFollowing on from my ‘biggest library’ post, I was asked what the oldest library in the world is. This is somewhat more difficult to quantify as there are libraries from ancient civilisation times, that no longer exist (Alexandrina for example). Therefore the oldest continually running library in the world is at the St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai, Egypt. It was built in the middle of the 6th century and houses the second largest collection of religious material in the world (after the Vatican). However it is not accessible to the public, only by monks and invited scholars. france-library
The bibliotheque de Paris (Library of Paris) combined with the National Library of France, is the oldest continually running public library service, dating back to 1368 when it was housed at the Louvre. It has moved several times over the past 700 years, into newer and larger accommodation.

Ever wondered what the biggest library in the world is?

You thought the City of Tea Tree Gully Library was big? We have around 150,000 resources on our catalogue, however we pale in comparison to the largest library in the world, the US Library of Congress in Washington DC. congress







This library is housed in three massive buildings, and boasts a collection of over 130 million items, on 850 kilometres of shelving! It stores approximately 20 terabytes of digital information (thats about 2500 home computers worth) and is home to one of the only four perfect vellum Gutenberg bibles, the draft of the Declaration of Independence, and the largest collection of Government material in the world. And none of it is available for loan!

While the Library is closed…


Over the Christmas public holiday period, the City of Tea Tree Gully Library was closed for two and a half days.  Due to the large number of returned items, it was evident that you are aware that the book return chute is conveniently open 24 – 7!  Even on Christmas Day, there were people returning library items.

On Boxing Day, there were a few elves present checking in the materials that had been returned through the book chute. Due to their efficiency with the task, they even had some time to shelve a few items.  This was greatly appreciated, as it  made the workload easier for staff who worked on the Saturday following Christmas.

What’s with the yellow lines?

Yellow linesLarge yellow lines have been painted on the surface of the road near the return chutes.  They are there to make it clear that this is a no parking area.  Over the past few months, we’ve experienced a number of people parking in front of the workroom windows, which has prevented people driving up to the return chutes easily.  We also experience diesel fumes when large trucks park next to the building, which as you can imagine is not very pleasant.  We are hopeful that the yellow lines will deter both groups of people from stopping here. 

As you have always done, if you are returning your items, please feel free to stop briefly outside the Library return chutes, return your library materials, then drive over the yellow lines  on your way out of the carpark.