Preparations underway for re-opening of Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries


NOW is the time to bring back your library books, magazines, DVDs and CDs.

While Wollongong City Libraries aren’t opening their doors – yet – preparation is underway for their reopening.

Part of this work includes a call-out for people to drop their library materials back through the external return chutes at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries.

As staff are expecting an influx of returns, the request to start returning library materials now provides an opportunity for them to be quarantined for 24 hours, in line with the NSW Public Health Order.

“The State Government have some quite clear guidelines regarding library books and resources and this includes them being set aside for 24 hours before they can return to the shelves,” Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

“We’ve had a lot of books returned to our libraries during the closure period and what we’re hoping is that people can drop off their outstanding books before we get to the point where we’re reopening our libraries. This way staff will have the time to quarantine them, and get them on the shelves so that when we do reopen there’s a wealth of materials to choose from.”

All Council’s libraries have external returns chutes that are open 24 hours.

“Our community has been really proactive in these challenging times and has supported our city’s most vulnerable,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We need to continue to keep up this good work. Coronavirus continues to be a risk and a threat and we can’t be complacent about how we go about our modified daily activities.

“I’m sure a lot of people are keen to get back to our libraries – and we’re working through what that might look like. But if people are able to return outstanding library items early, it’ll help our dedicated staff continue to deliver the level of service our community knows, and appreciates.”

While Council hasn’t a date to reopen libraries – it says it is awaiting formal advice and updated NSW Public Health Orders that would outline the steps and measures needed for the north’s three libraries.

Cr Bradbury said Council is considering what measures would be needed to ensure the health, safety and well being of staff and volunteers, their families and the community.

“We will keep out community updated about any changes we’re making,” he said.

“There is one thing for certain, however. Things will look and feel a little different and I anticipate we’ll need measures in place like we have at our pools to manage the number of people and the length of time they’re at any of our libraries.”

Visit Council’s website for more information and updates on changes to services.


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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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