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Library service interruptions

Thursday 18 November 2021

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

The following is an update about impacts to our service.

All library are open until 5pm today (or earlier regular closing time if applicable), including those that usually are open late on Thursdays.

To ensure the safety of operations for staff and patrons, the following libraries will be closed today:

  • Chilwell Library
  • Highton Library
  • Corio Library
  • Colac Library
  • Colac Otway Mobile Library Service

A Click & Collect only service is operating at the following branches until 5pm:

  • Geelong West Library
  • Newcomb Library
  • Torquay Library

Please note also:

  • Events and programs scheduled for Thursday 18 November at impacted branches may be cancelled or postponed. If you have booked into an event you will be contacted
  • Meeting room bookings may be impacted; hirers will be contacted if this is the case
  • Any further updates to the situation will be shared on our social media, website news section, or you can call (03) 4201 0600 for advice.

Thanks for your patience and understanding, we regret any inconvenience caused.

Why is this happening?

Throughout 2020 and 2021, Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC) has worked with the Australian Services Union (ASU) and its representatives on negotiating a new Enterprise Agreement for the Corporation. Throughout the bargaining period, the GRLC has negotiated in good faith and made a number of compromises, and we look forward to a positive resolution.

The GRLC respects the right of ASU Members to take protected industrial action.

Our priority is to ensure that our service to library members and the community continues safely. We are committed to providing safe spaces for library visitors and staff. We are working hard to minimise the disruption to our community.

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