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Draft Budget 2022-23 and Strategic Resource Plan 2022-26

Geelong Regional Libraries' Draft Budget 2022-23 and Strategic Resource Plan 2022-26 is currently on public exhibition.

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Digital news and magazine update

We've simplified how you can access digital magazines and news publications via our eCollection.

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Ocean Grove Library upgrade – temporary closure

Customers are advised that Ocean Grove Library will be closed for refurbishments from Monday 2 May and will re-open to the public on Monday 8 May.

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No more QR check ins or vaccination certificates required

In line with the recent Victorian Government announcements, you will no longer need to check in to our libraries, or to show a vaccination certificate upon entry.

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Temporary disruption to phone service

Due to a scheduled upgrade to our phone system, there may be some disruption to the service between 12.00noon and 1.00pm tomorrow, Wednesday 20 April.

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The Local Word: Regional Showcase for Writers and Readers

Geelong Regional Libraries is calling for submissions for involvement in our new regional showcase for writers and readers – The Local Word. We are inviting proposals from writers, readers, poets, illustrators and other creatives living in Geelong, the Bellarine, Colac, and the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Cape Otway, to take part and deliver programs on all aspects of the writing craft and the publishing industry.

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April public holiday closures

All libraries in the Geelong Regional Libraries’ network, including mobile libraries, will be closed over the Easter period, starting from Thursday 12 April at 5pm, and reopening on Tuesday, 19 April.

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Bannockburn Library closed today

Bannockburn Library is closed today, Monday 11 April, due to staffing shortages.

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Where the past and future converge: share your stories with Hello Geelong

'Hello Machines' are interactive vintage telephones and will be placed in Geelong Regional Libraries' locations as part of the Australian Heritage Festival in April and May.

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Notice of temporary reduced opening hours

Please be advised of temporary reduced opening hours at libraries across our network from 30 March until 3 June.

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Changes to Mobile Library services

Due to urgent mechanical scheduled repairs, the Bellarine & Surf Coast mobile library will be off the road from Saturday 26 March for an expected period of up to two weeks.

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Membership journey – have your say!

We are looking for people to attend a focus group and have their say about their experience with the library – from the membership sign up process to the communications you receive from us.

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Participate in the Victorian public library users survey

Take part in the great Victorian public library users survey and have your say about library services and programs!

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Library and Heritage Centre closures this long weekend

Please be advised of planned and unplanned closures at libraries and the Geelong Heritage Centre over the long weekend.

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Finding connection and healing through art

Providing a chance for local people to come together 'post-lockdown' and connect through art is the objective of our Creative Collective Memory Arts (CCMA) workshops.

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Colac Library part of Kana Festival this March

The Colac Kana Festival is an annual event held in March under the Elms of Memorial Square. The Colac Library Children & Youth Services team will feature in Colac’s only free family festival.

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Bellarine Surfcoast Mobile not going to St Leonards today

Please note, due to staff illness the Bellarine Surf Coast Mobile library will not be visiting St Leonards this morning.

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Record result for Food for Fines 2021

Thank you to everyone who donated to last year's Food for Fines appeal - you donated a record amount of food to support local people!

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Creative Collective Memory Arts Project

We are excited to announce that our March, April and May workshops are now open for bookings! Talented local artists will lead you through a creative process to capture your lived experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Important notice: Library services impacted due to flooding

With the recent flooding in the area, services at Ocean Grove and Geelong West Libraries are currently affected.

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Celebrate Library Lovers’ Day 2022

Join in the celebrations this Library Lovers' Day at Geelong Regional Libraries with some love-ly activities on 14 February.

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Libraries closed for public holiday

All our libraries will be closed tomorrow, 26 January, for the public holiday.

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"At the library I am label free"

A young man experiencing homelessness has just joined the library for the first time, and loves that he can be 'label free'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Annual Report 2020/21

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

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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.