Invercargill loves the library

The Invercargill City Library has had a popular summer with lending figures rising.
John Hawkins

The Invercargill City Library has had a popular summer with lending figures rising.

A cut in borrowing fees has made Invercargill library popular this summer.

According to figures released by the Invercargill City Library people are borrowing more from the library than they did last summer.

Last year between January and March the library had a total circulation of 142,099.

People wander through the Invercargill City Library.
John Hawkins/Fairfax NZ

People wander through the Invercargill City Library.

During the same space of time this year circulation had increased to 143,389. 

Invercargill Library manager Marianne Foster said it was an excellent result.

"In the scheme of things 1200 seems like a small increase but little figure add up."

At the beginning of the year the library reduced fees on DVD and music borrowing.

"We used to lend DVDs for $2.50 across the board and CDs fro $1. Now only new release DVDs are $2.50 all other DVDs are $1 and music CDs are free."

The change in fees paid off, more than 1500 more CDs and 2500 more DVDs borrowed this summer.

It added up to about double what was lent last year, she said. 

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"Fees are somewhat of a barrier for some people, it made sense to change them."

Pat Grace, in her 80s, has been borrowing books from Invercragill library since before she can remember. 

"I just love it here."

The avid reader often vsists the libaray two or more times a week and borrows at least three books at a time.

A lot had changed since she first starting visiting the libaray.

"I scan my own books and there is a digital section." 

Meanwhile the other notable change at the library was since the beginning of March it only lends Xbox and Playstation games. 

"It was very hard to provide a good collection that suited everybody's computer systems, systems that change all the time, so we decided to discontinue it," Foster said.

The collection was small, and stopping it didn't have a huge impact, she said.

The library had made huge strides to keep up with the changing times, she said.

"Digital and multimedia is wanted more and more, we are steadily increasing our range to fill that need," she said.

 - The Southland Times

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