Mayoral Column: Week Commencing 10 June 2019

The 2018-19 Community Survey, undertaken recently, showed 97% of residents were satisfied with library services.

It’s a great result, which is testament to the outstanding service provided by Council’s Manager, Library Services, Michaela Olde, and her wonderful team.

In addition to the extensive catalogue of books, music, DVDs and online resources, there is always plenty to see and do at Crookwell and Gunning Libraries. From author and special interest talks, to Storytime and school holiday activities our libraries offer something for people of all ages and interests.

And our libraries are ever-evolving to keep up with customer needs and expectations. 

Later this month, a new and improved library management system called Spydus will be rolled out at Crookwell and Gunning Libraries.

Due to go live from Wednesday, 3 July 2019, the new system will provide a host of new benefits for library members, including but not limited to, better access to the library’s catalogue via smart phones and tablets, the option to receive library notices via SMS, and improved access to eBooks, eAudio and online services.

Please note, while Spydus is rolled out from Thursday, 27 June 2019 to Tuesday, 2 July 2019 Crookwell and Gunning Libraries will have limited library services as they transition to the new system.

Library members will still be able to borrow and return library items during this time, but you will need to have your library card with you. Staff will also be able to register any new borrowers and customers will be able to use the photocopiers, scanning, and laminating services, as well as the library’s WiFi and public computers during this time.

However, library members and staff will not be able to renew library items, search for items on the library’s catalogue, reserve items, or access library accounts to reserve or renew items. Customers will also have limited access to eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines during this offline period.

Once Spydus goes live in July, staff will be learning how to get the best out of the new system so please be patient as they get up to speed.


-Mayor John Stafford