News & Blog

News

Library refurbishments during closure

In March, 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, all Geelong Regional Library Corporation branches and mobile libraries closed until further notice, and library programming, events and outreach services were also suspended.

We are pleased to share that the City of Greater Geelong has brought forward scheduled refurbishment work on four of our libraries (Newcomb, Belmont, Corio and Geelong West) to enable works to be carried out while the facilities are closed in accordance with State Government COVID-19 directions. This has been initiated in order to minimise disruption to members and visitors and to ensure that these venues will be in better condition when they return to community use.

Some of these have already commenced, and we would like to acknowledge the efforts of City of Greater Geelong in their great work in getting these projects moving early:

  • Newcomb Library refurbishment works include:
    • Recarpeting
    • Repainting
    • Works to light fittings
  • Geelong West Library refurbishment works include:
    • Recarpeting
    • Repainting
    • Works to light fittings in reading room
    • Removal of green gauze
    • Tinting of glass roof tiles
  • Belmont Library refurbishment works include:
    • Recarpeting 
    • New foyer roof and ceiling with skylights to replace the glass foyer roof
    • New linoleum in public toilets
    • Some painting and plaster work
  • Corio Library: significant recarpeting works throughout the library.

Timing of the further easing of restrictions to allow the reopening of libraries is not yet known. Depending on the timeframe, these refurbishment works may affect services to the community after reopening We will keep you updated on these changes and timelines as we have more information.

Visit Your Library @ Home to see some amazing upcoming and past online events and lots of digitial resources to keep you going during this time.

Visit our eCollections to explore all the  items and resources in our digital collection, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, newspapers, video content, magazines, reference resources and great activities for children,

Back to news

You may also like...

Image description: A woman sits at her computer with her dog beside her News

Introducing LinkedIn Learning; our new resource for members

We are delighted to be able to offer our members a fantastic new online learning resource; LinkedIn Learning.

Exterior of the Apollo Bay Library building News

Colac Otway Shire residents to reap benefits of library transition

Plans are now well advanced for the transition of the Colac Otway Shire (COS) libraries to the Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC).

Female librarian wearing a mask, stacking books on to a library shelf News

Libraries re-opening Thursday 18 February

We are pleased to announce that libraries will be re-opening on Thursday 18 February.

News

Libraries temporarily closed from Friday 12 February

Due to today’s announcement of Stage 4 Restrictions for Victoria, Geelong Regional Library Corporation will be closing all branches and mobile library services from Friday 12 February (at the usual branch closing time) until at least Thursday 18 February 2021 pending any further instructions from the State Government.

News

New Drysdale Library - Public info sessions

Have you heard the exciting news? The City of Greater Geelong is building a new Drysdale library in the town square to service Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Curlewis and northern Bellarine Peninsula communities.

Male librarian returning books to shelf News

CovidSafe Summer – changes during January

Further changes will come into effect at libraries during January 2021, as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.