Helensburgh Library will remain open longer

HELENSBURGH residents will get an extra two and half hours a week to visit the library after the community were asked earlier this year about their preferred opening hours.

After community feedback, Wollongong City Council will be extending the opening hours of Helensburgh Library.

The majority of the responses from the survey according to Council wanted the library to open earlier and remain open during lunch times. Residents also said they wanted the library to remain open after 5pm. As a result, opening hours will be extended on Wednesdays to 6pm.

From Tuesday, January 3, the new opening hours for Helensburgh Library will be:

  • Monday: 9.30am – 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9.30am – 5pm
  • Wednesday: 9.30am – 6pm
  • Thursday: 9.30am – 5pm
  • Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am – 1pm

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the new opening hours provide an extra 2.5 hours of service each week.

“Our libraries are democratic places for our community,” Cr Bradbery said.

“They’re open for everyone regardless of age or interest and they’re a public space that you don’t have to pay to access. It’s a pleasure to be able to extend the opening hours for Helensburgh Library so that even more people can make the most of this space.”

Cr Bradbery said the feedback provided invaluable information about how the Helensburgh community use their ibrary.

“Some of the feedback from community members was quite thoughtful with some residents concerned that changing times would mean staff couldn’t get a lunch break,” he said.

“The good news is that we will have two staff on deck during core hours to allow for a staff member to have a break without closing the library.

“Residents also shared their interest in access to the library outside of regular opening times, without staff on site. Based on this feedback, Council is investigating the technology and processes that would be required to trial this idea for limited after-hours access to Helensburgh Library. We’ll have more details on this step in the coming months.”

For all library opening hours, visit the Wollongong City Libraries website.

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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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