New advice regarding Covid-19 and the library opening times
The Guilderton Community Library, after discussion with the Committee, Gingin Shire, Medical Authorities and State Library Board have made a decision to review its opening times, due to the COVID-19 crisis. The new 4 sq metre distance of personal space is difficult in such a small library. This means that if you need to return or renew books you will need to contact Jae on 0413 818 955 or Madeline on 0415 902 038 and make an appointment and we will arrange to open the library for you.
These are extreme circumstances and with most of our members being vulnerable we don’t want to put our volunteers or members at risk. Once this is over we will be able to resume activities as normal. So, in short, you will still be able to get books but in an orderly one member at a time fashion.
The Guilderton Community Library opened on the 6th July 2006 as a community initiative with the building being provided by the Shire. In 2009 and 2013 extensions were carried out and all costs were covered by donations from various manufacturers with the labour donated by volunteers. The Shire waivered the Building Permit Costs.
The library is run entirely by volunteers who are rostered to operate the facility which is open on Wednesday afternoons, between 2 pm and 4 pm, and Saturday mornings, between 9.30 am and 12 pm. The Guilderton Library is not affiliated with the State Library Board. Funds are raised by regular bookstalls over holiday periods.
The Library Sub-committee applied for and received a number of grants over the years, which have included a Lotterywest grant in 2011 for the purchase of a computer and printer, a second Lotterywest grant in 2013 for the purchase of 3 book trolleys, and a Bendigo Bank Grant in 2013 for the installation of an air conditioner. The Guilderton Community Library thanks the Gingin Shire for the acceptance of our Gingin Community Grants 2019 Mid-Year Funding Scheme application for a small grant. This grant has been used to purchase a moveable bookshelf that matches existing shelving in a large section of novels. Our sincere thanks
The beautiful mural that is displayed on the front of the building was made available by Moore Arts. The garden area around the library was undertaken by the community and is maintained by the Gingin Shire.
A number of guest authors have given talks over the years, including Faye Bohling, Linda J Bettenay, Colin Falconer, Liz Byrski, Barry Heard, Sue Gorringe, Dulcie Lampard, Barbara Yates Rothwell and Rachel Johns.
The library operates on a professional library recording system which keeps track of loans and returns, stocktakes and other useful information.