In October 2001, the MCCV Library at the Maltese Centre in Parkville was refurbished with funds kindly donated to the MCCV by the Newport Maltese Association. The MCCV President, Mr Victor Borg, officially re-opened the library and Mgr Joseph Grech, Bishop of Sandhurst, blessed it.
The re-fitting included new shelving, floor tiling, blinds, light fittings, glass book cases, table, chairs and desk.
Originally opened in early 1985, the library now houses thousands of books and is considered to be one of the largest collections of Maltese publications in the southern hemisphere. At present 6,575 books and manuscripts are listed on the Library’s Computer database.
Except for rare books and reference books, all books and tapes may be borrowed. All books, videotapes, and radio cassettes have been entered on the MCCV computer. To borrow books one needs to obtain a membership card, which serves as Proof of Identity. A borrower must produce a valid Driver’s Licence, or similar proof of identity, to obtain a membership card. Books may be borrowed for a period of 4 weeks. Where an extension is required, one may obtain an extension by phoning the Maltese Centre. If the books are not returned on time, a fine is imposed on the borrower for the late return.
As at the end of January 2010, the library has a total of 70 members who have access to all the reading material now available in the library.
The MCCV library is open on Thursdays from 10.00 am till 1.00pm, and Fridays from 6.00 pm till 9.00 pm, or by appointment. The contact phone number for the library is +61 3 9387 8922.
Books on Wheels
The MCCV is looking for volunteers to distribute books, videos and other reading material to our elderly people who are unable to travel to the Library at Parkville. Those interested may contact Paul Lia at the Centre during office hours on +61 3 9387 8922.
Library Book Categories
Books in the library are categorised under the following main headings: