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Celebrate library lovers day this February 14

7 February 2019

The Greater Hamilton Library is counting the ways our community loves libraries this Valentine’s day.

As part of the Public Libraries Victoria’s ‘Libraries Change Lives’ campaign, Victorian public libraries are this year rebranding Valentine’s Day especially for book lovers.

Greater Hamilton Library is on board and is inviting community members to celebrate Library Lovers Day, by declaring their love for libraries in writing.

Library Services Coordinator Kelly Pitt-Lancaster said ‘Library Love Stories’ stationary will be given out for people to use to pen their love letters.

“We will have special post boxes in the library where people can post their library love and all the letter writers will go into a draw to win a book voucher pack.

“We will have displays of romance novels and mystery book packs on offer on the day as well. We encourage everyone to come in, have a bit of fun and show their support for our great library service,” Pitt-Lancaster said.

New data released by Public Libraries Victoria shows the state’s love affair with libraries continued to grow in the past year, with:

  • The number of library visits hitting an all-time record of 30.5 million in 2017/18
  • Attendances at library events and programs jumping to 2 million per annum
  • More than 5 million free Wi-Fi sessions accessed (up 8%)
  • More than 42 million items borrowed from the physical collections, and
  • A 22% increase in loans of eBooks

Speaking on behalf of the sector, PLV President Chris Buckingham said more people than ever before were relying on public libraries for everything from social engagement to reliable internet access.

“Libraries promote literacy, provide free access to information, encourage lifelong learning and contribute to healthy and resilient communities. We reduce isolation simply by providing a safe and welcoming space for everyone – including the most vulnerable in our community. We provide a sense of belonging and connection for millions of Victorians,” Mr. Buckingham said.

“Library Lovers Day is a chance to reflect on the amazing free services available to everyone in our community, and a reminder that libraries need funding support to sustain services as our population grows and changes.”

Libraries Change Lives was developed to highlight the economic and social benefits of public libraries and raise awareness of the essential role of libraries in creating literate, productive and engaged communities.

For more information on the campaign, visit

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