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CovidSafe Summer – changes during January

Wednesday 30 December 2020

We are pleased to share news of further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in libraries during January, and draw attention to changes related to the issuing of overdue fines.

The following changes will come into effect from Saturday 2 January 2021:

  • Visitor capacity limits
    Visitor capacity limits will increase in most of our library branches and Mobile Libraries.
  • Return of regular opening hours 
    Libraries will return to regular opening hours (with the exception of Western Heights College Library which is currently operating summer holiday opening hours).
  • Time limits 
    There will no longer be time limits on visits to library branches. Time limits may apply at Mobile Libraries.
  • Meeting rooms and function spaces 
    Meeting rooms and functions spaces will be available to hire by external groups.

Borrowing periods and overdue fines 

Please note that from Saturday 2 January, normal borrowing periods for collection items will apply. From Monday 18 January, overdue fines will be reinstated. Please be sure to return overdue items before this date to avoid a fine! Overdue fines have not been charged or accumulated since 18 March 2020. Please speak with a staff member at your library if you need further information about fines, or to discuss your situation.

For further information about our library services at this time, including an overview of capacity limits in each branch and mobile library, please visit our Coronavirus information page.

The health and safety of staff and the broader community continues to be our priority, and we thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate this period.

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