Due to the State Government’s announcement of Stage 3 Restrictions for regional Victoria, Geelong Regional Library Corporation will be closing all branches and mobile library services from Wednesday 5 August (at the usual branch closing time) for a period of at least six weeks.
While we are disappointed to close our doors again, we remain dedicated to doing our bit to protect the health and wellbeing of our community and our staff. We look forward to seeing our communities when we re-open.
During our closure, external return chutes will remain open 24 hours a day and collection items can be returned. However, due dates for borrowed items have been extended until libraries re-open and no fines will be issued during this period.
Library programming, live events and most outreach services remain suspended until further notice.
For further details about our service at this time, please explore the FAQs section at the bottom of this page. We look forward to seeing our communities when we re-open.
CLICK & DELIVER IS COMING
We’re pleased to be able to offer a Click & Deliver service while library branches are closed. Starting from Wednesday 12 August, all Geelong Regional Libraries’ members who live within the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast and Golden Plains Shire Council areas will be able to access the new delivery service. Further information about this service will be available on this page soon.
CHECK OUT OUR DIGITAL RESOURCES
The library's many digital resources, including our extensive eCollection, remain available to library members while library branches are closed. These resources include eBooks and eAudiobooks, activities for children, streaming TV and movies service, digital newspapers and magazines, and more.
We will continue to update this page with details relating to library services during this time. You can also stay updated with news from the library by:
• following our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)
• subscribing to our monthly eNewsletter
• signing up for email updates related to library services at this time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Last updated Monday 3 August 2020
GRLC library branches (with the exception of Western Heights College Library) and mobiles libraries will be open until the usual branch closing time on Wednesday 5 August.
From Thursday 6 August, all GRLC library branches and mobile library services will be closed for a period of at least six weeks, due to the State Government’s Stage 3 Restrictions for regional Victoria.
The GRLC is required by the Government to capture the contact details of each person that enters a library branch - in the same way as restaurants and cafes. So we can keep a record of who has visited libraries, you will be asked to present your GRLC library card and photo ID (showing your residential address) to the concierge when you enter a branch. If you don't have a GRLC library card, you will need to present photo ID which shows your residential address.
As per Victorian Government instructions, all people visiting a GRLC branch or Mobile Library will be required to wear a face covering unless they have a lawful excuse not to do so. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
In line with the Victorian Government's current Stay at Home Directions for the Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire areas, we are required to refuse entry to a library to any person whose principal place of residence is in these areas. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. For more information on this topic, please refer to the Department of Health & Human Services website.
Return chutes at library branches are now open as normal.
During branch closures (from Thursday 6 August), all external return chutes will remain open open 24 hours a day and collection items can be returned. However, due dates for borrowed items will be extended until libraries re-open and no fines will be issued during this period.
All due dates for borrowed items will automatically be extended until libraries re-open and no fines will be issued during this period.
You can now borrow and place holds from the collection as normal.
You will be able to use the WiFi, computers and iPads, but time limits will apply. In most branches, a 60 minute time limit will apply; in small branches a shorter time limit may apply.
The Geelong Regional Library Corporation is following best practice advice from the Australian Library & Information Association and the guidelines of Safe Work Australia in developing protocols around the handling of collection items moving through the library network and the community.
All items returned through library returns chutes will be quarantined for 3 days (72 hours) before being made available to loan. Strict hygiene rules are in place for library staff and visitors.
Unfortunately, until further notice the following items/services will not be available in our libraries:
• Print newspapers
• Community puzzles
• Children’s Play and Learn PCs
• Collection activators, board games, giant games, activity tables
• In-person (live) events
• Makerspace equipment
• Venue Hire (branch meeting rooms and discussion rooms)
• Gaming consoles (and arcade machine).
Other items/services may also be affected.
In-person events, including author talks and children’s Story Time sessions, remain suspended until further notice. The Geelong Regional Library Corporation will continue to deliver quality events and programs for children, young people and adults online; for further information see Your Library @ Home.
At this time our Home Library Service is only available to existing clients, however as part of the COVID-19 response, Geelong Regional Libraries is offering a free postal delivery service of library materials for a period of six months to those who meet the eligibility criteria. Please call Belmont or Corio library to discuss further.
Both of our Mobile Libraries have now returned to their regular service. However, there are some changes to how they will be operating:
Please call us on (03) 4201 0600, contact your local branch, message us on social media, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please note the following important information items regarding the use the Heritage Centre Reading Room:
For general information about COVID-19 and how to best manage your risks, please visit the Department of Health & Human Services website.
If you or someone you know requires information in languages other than English, you can also find factual information about the virus, myth-busting factsheets and printable posters in a range of community languages at the Department of Health & Human Services website. A translator service is also available for the coronavirus hotline; call 131 450.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert: The Australian Department of Health is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia, and will update this alert every day with the latest medical advice and official reports.
WHO - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak: The World Health Organisation information is providing updates and guidance regarding COVID-19.
Smartraveller – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Travel advice from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for Australians travelling or returning from overseas.