Lower Hutt communities are staying connected during lockdown with the launch of online library memberships.
Hutt City Libraries have launched an online membership service for residents to join their local library from the safety of their own home. Membership provides access to thousands of online resources including eBooks, magazines and newspapers, as well as music, movies and games; courses and tutorials; heritage materials and online activities and materials for kids and teens.
The monthly ‘What’s On’ library events guide is now a twice-weekly email newsletter showcasing the best of Hutt City Libraries’ eResources collections and the greatest content from around the web, including activity lists and kits for tamariki and rangatahi.
Head of Hutt City Libraries and Chair of Public Libraries New Zealand, Kat Cuttriss says, “We want to stay connected to people throughout the lockdown. It’s vital that we’re still there for those in our community who are isolated and need us more than ever. That’s why we’re focused on bringing our services to people in their homes.
“The launch of online memberships opens up a world of possibilities for those who can now join the library from the comfort and safety of their own home.
“Our focus is on ensuring access for our communities to information, entertainment, help and advice, whenever and wherever people need it. We encourage our community to reach out and make use of us.”
The online service includes ‘Ask a Librarian’, which offers help and guidance on accessing and using library services. Hutt City Libraries staff are also part of the team running Any Questions, a free live chat service for school students, staffed by librarians from across New Zealand. Any Questions is available 1-6pm on weekdays (including school holidays) while the Many Answers resource is searchable at any time.
To discover what Hutt City Libraries has to offer, and to sign up for free online membership, go to library.huttcity.govt.nz/join. For membership you will need to provide an email address and/or phone number so staff can contact you with your library card details. If you have already registered without these details, or if you need any help accessing any library service, please use the ‘Ask a Librarian’ service by emailing email@example.com or phone our contact centre on 04 570 6666 or 0800 HUTT CITY.
During the lockdown extended loan periods for any items currently on loan are in place, and fines and charges are waived.