One inadvertant consequence of the recent construction of the Albury library/ museum has been to highlight the shortfall in services of other libraries within the Upper Murray Regional Library (UMRL) network.
While there are certainly numerous bugs to be ironed out in the library museum (off the top of my head, the meeting rooms are hired out at a far too expensive rate to make them accessible to many community groups, the computer network seems to have inadequate virus protection resulting in lost function and any number of computers being out of action at any given time) overall it is an excellent community resource.
For the people who live in central Albury.
In fact you’d be forgiven for thinking Albury library is the only library in the network, so chuffed is Greater Hume shire council with it’s new flagship.
In fact there are libraries in Beechworth, Chiltern, Corowa, Corryong, Holbrook, Lavington, Mulwala, Rutherglen, Tallangata, Tumbarumba, Wodonga as well as a mobile library service.
Not that you’d know it, while I certainly haven’t visited all the libraries in the network, the ones I have, I couldn’t help but notice just how far below the bar they fall by comparison with the library/ museum.
In Lavington for instance, there are a mere five computers, demand on these has been such that the staff have had to limit use of these to half an hour per day.
Half the time available in Albury.
In Wodonga, it’s a similar story, too few computers to meet demand, at both Lavington and Wodonga there is no provision of computers for the visually impaired for instance, wheelchair access particularly in the Lavington library is, frankly, a bit of a joke.
Certainly I don’t intend this as a whinge, I think the Albury library is an excellent facility as I’ve said before, but it has highlighted the shortfall in services to other library branches and effectively, widened the gap between branches in terms of services offered.