Borrowing bonanza begins at Murray Bridge library

One card to rule them all: Murray Bridge Mayor Allan Arbon, Friends of the Library president Peggy Bennett and library manager Carol Bath are excited about the potential of the OneCard system.
One card to rule them all: Murray Bridge Mayor Allan Arbon, Friends of the Library president Peggy Bennett and library manager Carol Bath are excited about the potential of the OneCard system.

WITH one library card, Murray Bridge residents will now have access to more than 3.6 million items from libraries around South Australia.

The Murray Bridge Library officially joined the OneCard network last week, bringing it into a group of 138 libraries around the State linked by the single borrowing system.

Borrowers will be able to choose from a far wider range than the 42,000 books, magazines, CDs and DVDs available on-site in Murray Bridge.

Library manager Carol Bath said a new catalogue had been launched to accommodate the system.

"People can now use their iPhones as they walk around to make reservations," she said.

"But the interface for our borrowers didn't change, even though our system changed."

Murray Bridge Library had more than 300 requests for its items from elsewhere in the State in its first day on the system.

"The fact there's (such) access now is truly exciting, but our courier - Councillor Keith Simmonds - is getting a workout," Ms Bath said.

Behind the scenes, the library's computer system spent nine days disconnected from the catalogue during the changeover, storing all transactions in its memory; then, for the last few hours, librarians wrote down all transactions using pen and paper, just like the olden days.

The community libraries at Karoonda, Mindarie, Lameroo and Pinnaroo joined OneCard in 2012, and Mannum's librarians began working towards adopting the system this month.

The libraries at Swan Reach, Cambrai, Meningie, Coomandook, Tailem Bend and Tintinara will be among the last in the State to switch over later this year.

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