Posted by Alison Thorne, Dersingham & Kings Lynn Libraries
Here in Dersingham we are fortunate to have one of the wonderful lbrary facilities available in Norfolk. As with most things, if you don’t use it you will eventually lose it. To help remind you of the benefits of using your local library, here are 10 things you may not know about Norfolk libraries…..
1. It is free to join and to borrow books, and you can borrow 15 books at a time.
2. With your card you can also borrow 10 music CDs (free to request), 15 books on tape or CD, 6 DVDs, 2 Wii or DS games and 2 magazines. Ask about charges and loan periods.
3. If you have an email address that you check regularly, we can send you email reminders three days before your books are due, so that you can renew them and avoid late fees.
4. You can go online at www.library.norfolk.gov.uk you can:
- check what books you have on loan and renew them, and get a reminder of what the book looks like.
- see what books you have requested and where you are on the waiting list.
- look at all the books you have borrowed in the last year!
5. If you want to renew your books when the Library is closed, then you can do so in a number of ways. Leave a message on their answering machine and they will return your call when they are next open. You can go online at https://norlink.norfolk.gov.uk/01_YourAccount/01_002_YourLoans.aspxc or call the central renewal number on 03448008006 with your card and PIN number.
6. Thursday night from 6.30-7.30 is BOGOF night. Borrow one DVD, rent another free. There are DVDs in the library on the day you see them in the shops to buy. New releases are loaned for 2 nights for £2, and the rest for a week for the same price.
7. There is a council@your library information point, with leaflets about all council services, including bus timetables, and a direct line telephone to borough and county council departments. If your bins aren’t collected, you want to report faulty street lights, or potholes, then come along and use the phone.
8. If you can’t find the book you want on the shelves, then you can make requests for as little as 55pence via their website, or 80pence if you ask the library staff.
9. The library staff know a lot about books – for adults and for children – so are happy to recommend things to you. If you like an author, they can suggest another who writes in the same style, or direct you to a great variety of websites such as www.fantasticfiction.co.uk
10. The library has 9 PCs with access to the internet and Microsoft Office and all are free to use. It’s best to book if you want to make sure one is free for you when you visit. You can do this ahead of time in person, by telephone or online at http://pcbookings.norfolk.gov.uk/.