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Heritage Centre seeks community representative committee members

The Geelong Heritage Centre is currently seeking applications from members of the community interested in joining the Geelong Heritage Centre Collection Advisory Committee.


Important notice: Library opening hours and COVID-19

Due to the current uncertainty with COVID-19 outbreaks, occasionally we will have to close some of our libraries at short notice. Some libraries may have to open late or close early, due to unavoidable staffing shortages.

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Here are the top 10 borrowed books in 2021

It’s the end of 2021 and the perfect time to look back and reflect on the year that has been. And oh, what a year! While it had ups and downs, 2021 also proved to be an excellent time to borrow from your local library and settle into a good book. Here we look at the most borrowed books of 2021 to ensure you didn’t miss the most loved items from our shelves.


Please wear your masks in libraries

In line with the recent announcement from the Victorian Government, all visitors to our libraries aged 8 and over need to wear a mask.

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Library closures: Christmas and New Year

Please be advised of library closures during the Christmas/New Year period.


Changes to proof of vaccination requirements

COVID-19 vaccination status is no longer required for children under the age of 18 years.

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Golden Plains Mobile Library out of service today

Due to a mechanical issue the Golden Plains Mobile will not be operating this afternoon.


We’re going fine free

We’re going fine free – permanently! From Saturday 11 December, overdue fines will be wiped from our members’ account and will no longer accrue.

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Western Heights College Library – closed Friday 17 December

Please be advised that Western Heights College Library will be closed on Friday 17 December.


Have your say: Chilwell Library

The City of Greater Geelong is seeking community feedback on the design principles and concept plan for the redevelopment of the Chilwell Library.


Great news! Restrictions easing

In line with announcements by the Victorian Government yesterday, we’re pleased to announce that restrictions have eased in our libraries, as Victoria reaches the 90% double-vaccinated milestone.


Bellarine Surf Coast Mobile Library currently out of service

Due to a mechanical issue the Bellarine and Surf Coast Mobile will not be running today


Library service interruptions

Due to protected industrial action being taken by some Geelong Regional Libraries' staff, some of our libraries will be closed today and others operating a reduced service.


Interruption to library services - Thursday 18 November

Due to protected industrial action being taken by some Geelong Regional Libraries’ staff, some of our libraries and services may be impacted on Thursday 18 November from 8am until library close time.


Food for Fines 2021

We're pleased to announce that Food for Fines will be running again this year, in partnership with Geelong Food Relief Centre.


Have your say: Armstrong Creek Library & Community Hub

The City of Greater Geelong invite you to share your thoughts on the concept designs for the new Armstrong Creek Library & Community Hub.


Scheduled Catalogue Outage Tuesday 9 November

Geelong Regional Libraries' catalogue will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from 2am (AEST) Tuesday 9 November 2021. The catalogue is expected to be up and running again by 9am Tuesday 9 November. We regret any inconvenience caused by this necessary service outage.

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Libraries closed Wednesday 10 November

All Geelong Regional Libraries' branches and mobile libraries will be closed on Wednesday 10 November for our annual staff training day.


Proof of vaccination required for library visitors

Visitors aged 16 years and older are required to show valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter libraries.


You could win an Hermes silk scarf!

Join author Fiona McIntosh, discussing the highly anticipated new historical adventure The Spy's Wife from the bestselling author of The Champagne War. Thanks to Penguin Random House and Fiona McIntosh, one very lucky attendee of this online event will win a beautiful Hermes scarf.


Temporary library closures

Please note, Apollo Bay, Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Queenscliff libraries are currently closed due to power outages. We will let you know when they re-open.


Good news! Libraries to open up to more visitors soon

From Friday 29 October, we can welcome more people into our libraries. Proof of vaccination will be be required from this date.


Queenscliff Library reopening tomorrow

Queenscliff Library has been closed due to a COVID-19 case, but will reopen tomorrow Wednesday 27 October.

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Barwon Heads Library temporarily closed

Barwon Heads Library is temporarily closed as a precaution, due to a positive COVID-19 case at the Barwon Heads Primary School.


Annual Report 2020/21

The Geelong Regional Library Corporation's Annual Report 2020/21 is now available to view online.


Interactive fun that’s educational too

If you’re looking for new ways to keep kids entertained while building their confidence and skills in literacy, numeracy and more, we have something special for you.

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Introducing Connecting and Thriving, our new Library Plan 2021-25

Following an extensive period of consultation with our staff, the public and other key stakeholders, we’re proud to present Connecting and Thriving, our new Library Plan 2021-25.

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Upcoming public holiday library closures

Please be advised of upcoming library closures due to public holidays in October and November.

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Colac Library customers benefit from high-speed internet

Colac Library customers are benefitting from a range of improved technology services, since the branch joined Geelong Regional Libraries' network in July.


Libraries are re-opening!

Libraries in City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire are re-opening Monday 27 September.

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Libraries closed for public holiday

All Geelong Regional Libraries' branches and Mobile Libraries will be closed on Friday 24 September for the Victorian public holiday.


School Holiday Program - Zoom sessions

We're running a regular online school holiday program, with two sessions running every weekday, 10.30am and 2.30pm on Zoom. These free sessions are aimed at different ages and interests.


COVID-19 restrictions: some libraries closed

All library branches and mobile library services in City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire are currently closed.

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Notice of early closure at Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Thursday 17 September

Due to protected industrial action being undertaken by some Geelong Regional Libraries’ employees, we regret that the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre will close early at 4pm on Thursday 16 September.

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Libraries are closed; Click & Collect available

Due to today’s announcement of a lockdown for regional Victoria, Geelong Regional Library Corporation has closed all library branches and Mobile Library.

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Draft Library Plan 2021-25

At its meeting held on 19 August 2021, the Geelong Regional Libraries’ Board resolved to place the Draft Library Plan 2021-25 on public exhibition in preparation for adoption by the Board on 19 September 2021.

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Libraries reopening Tuesday 10 August

We are pleased to announce that Geelong Regional Libraries’ branches and mobile libraries, and the Geelong Heritage Centre, will re-open to the public on Tuesday 10 August


Libraries closed from 6pm Thursday 5 August

Due to the recent announcement of a statewide lockdown for Victoria, Geelong Regional Library Corporation will be closing all branches and mobile library services from 6pm, Thursday 5 August.

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Barwon Heads Library re-opening

The Barwon Heads Library will be reopening on Friday 30 July, from the usual opening time,

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Cancellation of Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival 2021

We have made the difficult decision to cancel the Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival in 2021, to allow us time to undertake a thorough review of the festival format. We hope that the festival will be back in 2022, and will continue to share updates on our website and social media channels.


Libraries open from Wednesday 28 July

All Geelong Regional Libraries branches and mobile libraries are open!


Lockdown extension: libraries remain closed

All libraries and mobile library services will remain closed until Wednesday 28 July (at the usual branch opening time), pending any further instructions from the government.


Libraries closed from COB Thursday 15 July

Due to the recent announcement of a statewide lockdown , Geelong Regional Libraries will be closing all branches and mobile library services from Thursday 15 July (at the usual branch closing time).


Important notice: Barwon Heads Library

Please note that the case identified at Barwon Heads Primary School resulted in the Barwon Heads Library being closed from Thursday 15 July as a precaution.

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Welcome to Colac Otway Shire!

We are very pleased to welcome our new library members from the Colac Otway Shire.


Help us solve an historical puzzle!

Can an exhibition help reunite the photographs with their rightful owners?


Get to know our new CEO, Vanessa Schernickau

Vanessa Schernickau started in her role as Geelong Regional Libraries' new Chief Executive Officer on Monday 7 June; here you can learn a little more about who she is as a person and a leader.

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Story Time, Toddler Time and Baby Time are back!

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we are pleased to welcome families back to the library for story time sessions.

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Preparing to welcome Colac Otway Shire library members

We are busy planning to welcome new library members and staff from Colac Oway Shire soon.


Colac Otway Celebration Week

Join us for a week of special events for all people of all ages as we celebrate the transition of Colac Otway Shire libraries to Geelong Regional Libraries. All events will be COVIDSafe*.

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