COVID-19 Library Activities and Services

July 28, 2020 · 0 comments

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Latest Update (28 July 2021): Berri Barmera Council libraries and council offices have re-opened today after the end of the 7 day state wide lockdown.

Both our Berri and Barmera Libraries have re-opened today, Wednesday 28th July 2021.

We are happy and excited to be open again and we know our customers are desperate for more reading material. When using our libraries please follow the current COVID-19 restrictions which include:

  • 1 person per 4 square meters in internal spaces (which may impact on numbers that can attend library programs or activities).
  • staff and customers must wear masks.
  • no singing (which will effect our children’s activities).
  • regular hand sanitising and please maintain 1.5m distancing with others.

Remember, you can still access our digital services like Libby, Borrow box and Press Reader. Digital Services and instructions are located here (or scroll down this page for additional information).

Please check the Berri Barmera Council website for more information and you can monitor our  Berri Barmera Library Service Facebook page here.

We will continue to monitor the situation and the link to the latest SA Government COVID-19 information is here and you can find COVID-19 health information here.

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Latest Update (20 July 2021): Berri Barmera Council libraries and council offices will be closed from 5pm tonight due to the state wide  down lockdown that begins at 6pm today! 

Both our Berri and Barmera Libraries are still open for today only (Tuesday 20th July) but staff and customers must wear masks.

To all our borrowers, we have taken a few steps to make your time during lockdown a lot easier:-

    • Item due dates will be automatically changed to Wednesday, 4th August 2021
    • Membership expiry dates that are due to expire will be automatically changed until the end of September, so that borrowers will still be able use the Digital Library
    • Hold pick up dates will be extended for 21 days across the SA Public Library network
    • All overdue and hold notices will be suspended

Remember, while we are closed, you can still access our digital services like Libby, Borrow box and Press Reader. Digital Services and instructions are located here (or scroll down this page for additional information).

At this stage, due to the 7 day lock down, we will not be offering any library home delivery or phone and collect services.

Please check the Berri Barmera Council website for more information and you can monitor our  Berri Barmera Library Service Facebook page here.

We will continue to monitor the situation and the link to the latest SA Government COVID-19 information is here and you can find COVID-19 health information here.

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Latest Update (23 November 2020): Berri Barmera Council Libraries and council offices now open! State Government ends ‘circuit-breaker’ restrictions early.

Both our Berri and Barmera Libraries are open again and have resumed normal opening hours from Monday 23rd November.

Please check the Berri Barmera Council website for more information and you can monitor our  Berri Barmera Library Service Facebook page here.

We will continue to monitor the situation and here is the link to the SA Government COVID-19 information and a full list of measures to ensure safety of SA can be found here.

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Latest Update (18 November 2020): Berri Barmera Council Libraries closed for the next 6 days! State Government imposing ‘circuit-breaker’ restrictions to combat latest COVID-19 cluster.

Both our Berri and Barmera Libraries are now closed due to the 6 day COVID-19 shut-down as advised by the South Australian Government. This closure runs from Thursday 19th November 2020 until Tuesday 24th November 2020. At this stage we plan to open again on the morning of Wednesday 25th November.  The situation is fluid and after re-opening there may be extra restrictions in place but we will update these when we find out more.

Any library items due over this 6 days closure period will be automatically extended.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Please check the Berri Barmera Council website for more information and you can monitor our  Berri Barmera Library Service Facebook page here.

We will continue to monitor the situation and here is the link to the SA Government COVID-19 information and a full list of measures to ensure safety of SA can be found here.

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Latest Update (26 May 2020):  We are excited to announce that we have been given permission by the Department for Education to extend the opening hours of the Berri Library to what they were pre-COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check here for our normal opening hours.

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Latest Update (14 May 2020):  We are pleased to announce that we are re-opening our libraries for public access under the current State Government three-step approach to lifting the COVID-19 restrictions across South Australia.

The Berri Library, because it is a joint use library that also services school clients from Glossop High School, will open for public access from 3.30pm in the afternoon of Friday 15th May.

Our Barmera Library will open from 9.30am on Monday 18th May.

Please check here for more information about our revised opening times, the library services we are offering and the safety precautions are we taking.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming our customers back to our libraries!

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Berri Barmera Council Library Services involving face-to-face contact were temporarily suspended at 5pm on Monday 23rd March (check here for our news release about this) but during the COVID-19 crisis we are still offering the following services to our customers.

eBooks & Digital Audiobooks

You can access FREE eBooks as a SA Public Library member.  Search the SA Public Libraries library catalog of eBooks and digital audiobook resources here.

Instructions to how to access on your Mobile Device using the Libby app (for iOS and Android) or on your computer are located here.

You will need your library borrower number and PIN to access the app (phone Berri Library on 8595-2666 or Barmera Library on 8588-2872 to request one or reset your PIN).

If you do not have a SA Public Library membership you can join here.

Digital Magazines

You can access FREE digital magazines as a SA Public Library member.  Search the SA Public Libraries library of digital magazines here.

Instructions to how to access on your Mobile Device using the PressReader app (for iOS and Android) or on your computer are located here.

You will need your library borrower number and PIN to access the app (phone Berri Library on 8595-2666 or Barmera Library on 8588-2872 to request one or reset your PIN).

If you do not have a SA Public Library membership you can join here.

Family History and Ancestry.com Access

Ancestry.com is a great online resource that you can usually only access from your local SA Public Library or by paying for a personal subscription yourself. GREAT NEWS!  As the COVID-19 crisis has meant many libraries have had to close to the public, the vendor has provided remote access to this product until the end of May.

About
Ancestry Library Edition provides access to an extensive range of genealogical resources from the United States and United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records. It also provides limited Australian coverage.

PC access
This service is usually only available using computers within the library, however for a limited time One Card SA Public Library members can access the service remotely (e.g. on their home computer) by heading to https://www.libraries.sa.gov.au/digital

To access:
1. Visit here
2. Log in with your library card number & PIN
3. Then select ‘Ancestry Library’ from the list that appears

Children’s Storytime

Check out the great collection of Online Story Time sessions at the Story Time playlist on Libraries SA YouTube channel.

Our own Barmera Library Staff have just completed a fantastic story video for our Facebook page so be sure to check it out!

Call and Collect from Barmera Library

Stay connected with the books, magazines, TV Series and movies you need through our new Call and Collect service.

It’s simple, just follow the steps below to get started and we’ll notify you when your selection is ready to collect.

  1. Search our catalogue and take note or reserve the items you would like (you can only select items located at our library at the moment)
  2. Email us at barmeralibrary@bbc.sa.gov.au or phone us on 8588 2872 and tell us what you are looking for
  3. Phone us on 8588 2872 and we’ll tell you how to and when to collect your items

Mail Out or Home Delivery by Berri Library

Stay connected with the books, magazines, TV Series and movies you need through our new Mail Delivery or Home Delivery service.

It’s simple, just follow the steps below to get started and we’ll arrange delivery for you.

  1. Search our catalogue and take note or reserve the items you would like (you can only select items located at our library at the moment)
  2. Email us at berrilibrary@bbc.sa.gov.au or phone us on 8595 2666 and tell us what you are looking for and your preferred delivery method
  3. We will package items up and mail to you or arrange for home delivery in the Berri area

How to Reset Your Own PIN

You may have realised that you need to know your own borrower number (located on the back of your borrower card starting with X0——-) and your assigned PIN to access our digital services like Libby and PressReader.  If you need us to make you a PIN or to reset it, please contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Berri Library, Ph: 8595 2666, Email: berrilibrary@bbc.sa.gov.au
Barmera Library, Ph: 8588 2872, Email: barmeralibrary@bbc.sa.gov.au

Alternatively you can reset your PIN yourself if you already know your borrower number just by visiting  the Enterprise catalog page. Click on “My Account/Renew Items” at the top of the page which will bring up a log-in box with the option to reset your PIN. Using this option will send a recovery link to your email address.

Mobile Devices and IT Help

Phone us at either the Berri or Barmera Library (phone Berri Library on 8595-2666 or Barmera Library on 8588-2872) if you would like some help with any IT issues or problems. We have some talented and knowledgeable staff who will do their best to help you (at no cost).

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