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by Greta Yeoman

Mackenzie residents are now able to borrow books from a Christchurch-based mental health resource centre.

Mackenzie Community Library manager Jackie Phillips said the library, which is in the grounds of Mackenzie College in Fairlie, had recently established an interloan service with the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre in Christchurch.

Mackenzie Community Library manager Jackie Phillips

While no-one had yet requested books from the centre, its collection could be viewed online and people could request books listed on the site, she said.

The centre would then post them to the Mackenzie Community Library.

Mrs Phillips said she heard about the Christchurch library at a national school library network conference and approached the staff there about getting books to Fairlie.

“We thought it was a great idea,” she said.

Books on offer through the centre included those on Alzheimer’s/dementia, post-traumatic stress, women’s health, grief, autism, resiliency, mental health, stress management and parenting.

The collection can be viewed at mherc.mykoha.co.nz.

Mrs Phillips said the library had also recently upgraded its computer software, which would eventually enable library users – from both the college and the wider community – to post reviews of books and renew or put books on hold online.

They were also preparing for the final stage of renovations to the library, which would include new carpet, toilets and a new entry foyer.

She expected this work would occur over the December school holidays.

For now, however, it was business as usual for the community library.

“We are really, really busy.”