Bill Gifford from Yeppoon checks out a book at the Livingstone Shire Council library for free. He says it's absolutely unjust for Livingstone Shire residents to pay a $100 levy to borrow books from the Rockhampton Regional Council library.
Bill Gifford from Yeppoon checks out a book at the Livingstone Shire Council library for free. He says it's absolutely unjust for Livingstone Shire residents to pay a $100 levy to borrow books from the Rockhampton Regional Council library. Austin King

Rockhampton library ‘loophole’ for Livingstone is a fiction

A YEPPOON resident thought she had discovered a way to avoid paying a $100 yearly membership fee to borrow resources from the Rockhampton Regional Council library.

But unfortunately for Carrie James, and the rest of the Livingstone Shire, there is no way.

Carrie was under the impression if you were a member of the Livingstone Shire Council libraries you could register on the State Library of Queensland website to create an account and "get free access to all libraries", including Rockhampton.

Livingstone residents need to pay a membership fee of $100 each year if they wish to become members of the Rockhampton library.

Carrie was half correct.

Regional access and public libraries director Jane Cowell yesterday confirmed registering on the State Library of Queensland website entitled the applicant to a free account.

However the account only gave the applicant access to all of Queensland libraries' online resources. People living in neighbouring shires simply could not just go to Rockhampton Regional Council library and borrow resources.

She also said Rockhampton was the only regional council in Queensland to charge a $100 fee for neighbouring shires to use their resources.

Mayor Margaret Strelow yesterday said Rockhampton Regional Council library was certainly not the only one in Queensland to charge fees.

"The library is a resource that everyone has to pay for, not just Livingstone ... the pensioners of Rockhampton would pick up the bill if Livingstone residents didn't pay their own way."



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