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New way to borrow books at Ararat

A new approach means Ararat Regional Library is still loaning books to people despite COVID-19 restrictions. 

The library’s ‘Drop and Swap’ program involves people phoning or messaging staff to lodge requests, with staff dropping off and swapping books, magazines and other material to homes in Ararat.

Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Tim Harrison said library staff wanted to ensure residents still had access to books, DVDs, periodicals, magazines, e-books, audio books and children’s stories through the library.

Dr Harrison said all material underwent sanitisation before and after loans, with staff members ensuring they maintained physical distancing and strict hygiene practices when dropping off items.

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“Under Swap and Drop, residents can call, email or Facebook message their requests to library staff, who are delivering twice a week,” he said.

“We are restricted to local stock only because we cannot access other library stocks, but there is still a lot of material to choose from. The library also has a streaming service called Kanopy through which library users can access 10 free videos a month, which is another great option.”

Dr Harrison said residents from areas outside Ararat could pick up items from the library with prior arrangement.

To order items, people can call 5352 1722 or email

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