Text and graphics only: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Geelong Regional Libraries

Like all Australian organisations, we are facing the challenges of a quickly-changing landscape in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This page will be the home of information about the Geelong Regional Library Corporation’s response to COVID-19 and will be updated with new information as the situation evolves.

The health and safety of our community and staff is our priority and we want to share the steps we are taking to protect you, while still providing services wherever possible.

For more information about COVID-19 and how to best manage your risks, we recommend that you visit the Department of Health & Human Services website.


On Sunday 22 March 2020, the Premier of Victoria the Hon. Premier Daniel Andrews MP announced a shutdown of non-essential services and activity, to help combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities.

In response to this directive, and with uncertainty about when we will be able to return to normal operations, all Geelong Regional Library Corporation branches and mobile libraries will be closed until further notice. Library programming, events and outreach services are also suspended until further notice. 

During this time, overdue fines will be suspended for the immediate future.

Due dates for all physical collection items will automatically be extended until after our libraries re-open. As return chutes at branches will also be closed, we ask that you hold on to any items you have until libraries re-open.

Protecting the health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance, and we will evaluate and adjust our approach as new information becomes available.

We apologise for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause and we thank you for your continued understanding and support.


All library programs, events and outreach services have been suspended until further notice. 


The library's many digital resources, including our extensive eCollection, remain available to library members whilst library branches are closed. These resources include eBooks and eAudiobooks, activities for children, streaming TV and movies service, digital newspapers and magazines, and more.

Browse or borrow from our e-Collection.

Not a library member? Join the library for free now. Find out more about library membership here.


We are committed to keeping the community up-to-date as the situation progresses. You can stay updated with news from the library by:

  • checking in on this page
  • following our social media accounts (Facebook: @geelongregionallibraries, Instagram: @geelonglibraries, Twitter: @geelonglibrary)
  • signing up for email updates.



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.

Information on this page was correct as of 23 March 2020.