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Council wants items returned during pandemic to keep library shelves stocked

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SINCE Wollongong City Council reopened libraries for timed visits in June, more than 45,240 items have been borrowed by 23,260 customers.

However, with the situation changing daily with Coronavirus, the Council appreciate not everyone wants to visit a library to return books, DVDs, magazines or CDs.

Council’s library and community services manager, Jenny Thompson said that’s why the returns chutes have remained open – people can drop back their overdue library items without having to go into libraries.

“Our reopening process has gone smoothly with people happy to make an appointment to visit, and to provide their contact details should there need to be contact tracing undertaken,’’ Ms Thompson said.

“It has been lovely to welcome so many of our customers back into all our libraries and we’re expecting more people to pop in and stock up on reading, listening and watching material with the rainy weather forecast for the end of the week.’’

Ms Thompson said people not willing to come into the libraries are welcome to return outstanding items through the external returns chutes which are open 24/7.

“It’s a contact-free way to bring your items back and make them available for others in our community,’’ she said.

“We’re keen to see people to continue to return their items as it keeps our shelves well-stocked for other customers. We have a cleaning and quarantining process in place – in line with the NSW Public Health Order – before any returned items are available to borrow.

“If you’re embarrassed about returning a late item, don’t worry! There are no overdue fees or fines and you can return your items by using the returns chute at any of our seven libraries.”

All libraries are open by appointment and customers are encouraged to visit their library of choice to return their overdue items and pick up something new.

To book an appointment, call your local library to book a 50 minute visit.

Wollongong Library – (02) 4227 7414

Corrimal Library – (02) 4227 8179

Helensburgh Library – (02) 4294 2185

Thirroul Library – (02) 4227 8191

For more information visit Wollongong City Libraries website or call (02) 4227 7414.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney 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 pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently 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 has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time 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), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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