New 'Books to Burnside' home delivery service

You may have seen that Council recently had to make the unfortunate decision to cease the ‘Call and Collect’ library service due to the closure of the Public Library Service. The Public Library Service, through which the library One Card system operates for all public libraries, suspended all services with the exception of access to digital collections. For Burnside residents, this means that library items cannot be sourced or delivered from other libraries, or returned to Burnside Library.

The library is an important, and in some cases vital, service for our community.

So Council has developed a new service that will use all of the resources we have already stored in the Burnside Library.

‘Books to Burnside’ is our new home library delivery service, which is available to ALL residents. The Home Delivery service will also continue for our Commonwealth Home Support Program clients.

Library books are either chosen or collected from ‘holds’, collated, marked as borrowed and then delivered to a resident’s front door. Residents are able to request a home delivery service either by phone (8366 4280) or online at

The Burnside Library is still not accepting any returned items, the loan period on all items will be renewed and fines will not be incurred. Please keep your library items at home until further notice.

Errol Zweck is an avid reader but has only recently joined the Burnside Library at the age of 89. “I used to borrow from friends and sometimes buy cheap books,” he says. His daughter, who used to work at Mitcham Library, would often borrow books for him. “Then I thought I better use some common sense and I joined at Burnside,” Errol says. After being a member for just a few weeks and borrowing twice, the Library was closed due to coronavirus. But his enterprising daughter Kathy called Council and soon had a librarian delivering several books to her Dad at his Glenunga home. “My favourite authors are probably Lee Childs, Bryce Courtenay and John Grisham.” The father of four, Errol instils a love of reading into his nine grandchildren. Errol is looking forward to getting back to the library once it reopens.

Once things are back to ‘normal’ you might want to consider signing up for the Home Library Service. Clients list their choice of genre, author or topic and items that meet their preferences are delivered to their home once a month. Call the Library on 8366 4280 for more information.

Want more digital content?

Live Chats, including Book Discussion Groups, Story Time and Baby Chat programs, will be delivered via our Facebook page online. eResources for reading books and magazines are also available.

These electronic collections can be downloaded anytime, and are returned automatically with no late fees.

Other digital collections include:

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