Tuesday 20 October 2020
Following the State Government announcement on Sunday 18 October regarding the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we are delighted to let you know that Geelong Regional Libraries’ branches, the Geelong Heritage Centre and mobile libraries will re-open from Monday 26 October.
We remain dedicated to protecting the health and wellbeing of our community and our staff and we are excited to welcome you back to the library next week. Here are some of the details about what you can expect when we re-open.
Libraries will open with temporarily-amended hours:
Our mobile libraries will also resume their normal schedule, with two changes; the Bellarine and Surf Coast Mobile Library will operate every second Saturday and the Golden Plains Mobile Libraries will not be operating on Saturdays for the time being.
In most of our libraries, there will be a maximum of 10 visitors allowed inside at any time, as per government directions. Number limits will vary between branches, depending on the space available and according to government guidelines, and visits may be restricted to one hour in periods of high demand. Public access computers will be available for one-hours sessions.
We will continue to focus on the health and wellbeing of our staff and community, including adhering to strict hygiene, face covering and social distancing rules. All returned items will be quarantined for 3 days (72 hours) before being made available to loan. We are required to keep a record of visitors to our libraries; your contact details will be requested on entry.
We’re happy to be able to offer printing services via a contactless Print & Collect service at selected branches – Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Belmont Library, Corio Library, Ocean Grove Library and Torquay Library.
We will continue to offer Click & Collect (by appointment – find out more here) and Click & Deliver will continue for eligible members (find out more here).
In-person library programming, live events and most outreach services remain suspended until further notice – however you can discover plenty of online programs and events on our website.
We will share updates and detailed information on our Coronavirus page and social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
We look forward to seeing you soon at the library!
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The Barwon Heads Library will be reopening on Friday 30 July, from the usual opening time,
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.
All Geelong Regional Libraries branches and mobile libraries are open!
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.
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).
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.