So you ask… How Does That Work?
This new blog series, will explore the different questions we get asked daily by our customers. You may find that some of the answers are dead simple or simply something you never realised, but every time we will endeavour to answer your question. This time round the question is… What can my Library Card do?
Your Gawler Public Library Card can give you access to so much! Apart from having the ability to access ANY public library in South Australia to borrow books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and so much more, you can use your card membership number with your account PIN to use the computer and printing facilities in any SA Public Library too. So wherever you find yourself in our state, you can grab a book, print your tickets or use the WiFi.
You can also access your library account at any time via our website. Head to our online catalogue (gawlerlibrary.sa.gov.au) and Log In. Your Login consists of your Username (the Barcode number on your card) and a PIN assigned to you when you first joined the Library.
The account area has four tabs – Personal Information, Checkouts, Holds & Fines.
In the Personal Information area you can check your details to make sure they’re correct, check your preferences and if necessary you can also change your PIN for your account.
In the Checkouts area you will see the items currently loaned out to you as well as any digital checkouts (ebooks & audiobooks) you may have on your account. In this tab you have the option to renew your items on loan. Just tick the box next to the items you’d like to renew and select Renew at the top of the page.
The Holds area is where you will find your pending requests in sections; your physical items and digital requests. In this tab you can Cancel, Suspend or Edit Pickup Location(s) for your holds. The Gawler Public Library has three pickup locations to choose from; Evanston Gardens Library, Gawler Administration Centre and the Library room at the Gawler Sport & Community Centre.
On both of the previous tabs you will also find Group Checkouts or Holds, (if your family is part of a group on our system). Once set up, this function will enable you to see what items your group has checked out and has on hold. This is particularly good for parents of children who have their own cards. If you would like to find out more about Groups, please ask a staff member the next time you’re in the library.
The Fines tab will only apply if you’ve lost an item or used a library which fines (Gawler Public Library does not) and returned your items late. You will find any current fines, accruing fines and your payment history. If you owe a library money and they have a PayPal account, you can pay this online through your account. It will indicate if this is available to you. If you have any queries about this tab’s information, please contact the library to discuss further.
Your Library barcode number and PIN also gives you access to a range of library resources using the following Apps (available to download on your device’s app store):
BookMyne – Library catalogue & account app
Libby & OverDrive – ebook and audiobook catalogue/reader/player
Lynda.com – video tutorial database
RBdigital – digital magazines catalogue and reader
ePlatform by Wheelers – ebook catalogue/reader
We also have Online Databases you can access in the library using your library login details. They include the Computer School.net, Ancestry.com and Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques.
Using the computers and WiFi in the library at Gawler and around the state is much the same – you log in with your library barcode and PIN to access these facilities.
Did you know your humble little library card could do so much? Give it a try!
Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy
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