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COVID-19 | Goldfields Library Corporation

COVID-19 Updates

Our libraries are now open!

Now Open

Following the Premier’s recent announcement of further easing restrictions, we’re excited to share our most recent changes with you.

  • Masks are no longer required, but recommended wehn you can't socially distance
  • No time limits apply 
  • Density limits may still be in place at some libraries as we adhere to the 1 person per 4m2 rule.
  • You will still need to sign in on entry*
  • Meeting and activity rooms are now available for booking (subject to COVID-safe protocols)
  • One-on-one tech help is now available
  • Returned items are no longer quarantined

Safety remains our top priority, so please remember to practice social distancing, use hand sanitiser and please don’t visit if you’re unwell. Please also remember to bring your library card or photo ID with an address.

Please note that we are still on reduced hours, so click the link below to find out when your local library is open.

view your local library's open hours here

We’re so excited that our service is almost back to normal. We look forward to seeing you soon!

When visiting the library, you will be able to:

  • Attend face-to-face programs and events, includgin Storytime sessions
  • Use the free library Wi-Fi
  • Use computers
  • Browse the shelves and borrow items
  • Collect reserves 
  • Return items using return chutes/boxes, where available. 
  • Print, photocopy, and scan
  • Hire/book meeting and activity rooms (where available)
  • Access one-on-one tech help (COVID-safe practices are in place)

Got a question? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page.

*Please note: We will destroy contact tracing records after 28 days and will not use your personal information for any other purpose.

Reservations

Reservations can be made online or over the phone and picked up as usual during opening hours. View your local library's opening hours.

You will be notified by SMS or email when your item(s) are available for collection. You will have 10 days to pick up your item(s) before they are allocated to the next person on the waitlist, or returned to our shelves. 

How to place a Reservation

Home Library Service

Our Home Library Service is available to those who are unable to visit the library themselves. If you are housebound due to illness, frailty, disability etc. you may be eligible for our Home Library Service. 

Please read more about our Home Library Service here or give us a call on 5449 2790.

Loans

Loan periods and limits are now back to normal. Items can be borrowed in-person from your local library, or reserved online or over the phone. Scroll up for more information on how to resreve online.

Item type Loan limit Loan length
book icon Books No limits 3 weeks
DVD icon DVDs 10 1 week
CD icon Music CDs 10 3 weeks
Magazine icon Magazines No limits 1 week
Audiobook icon Audiobooks 10 3 weeks


Returns

    Returns chutes and boxes are now open (where these are available). There is now no quarantining period on returned items. Normal loan periods will apply to any new items borrowed, but no overdue fines will be incurred for now.

      Please only return items if you are feeling well.

      Don’t forget, our eLibrary is available to you 24/7 and has lots of wonderful resources.

      Online Programs

      We’re working hard to bring you as much of our usual library programming as possible to your loungeroom. This includes filming Storytimes for kids and sharing online author talks and workshops for adults.

      We're working towards re-introducing in-library programs and events in the new year, but for now, they will remain online.

      To see what we have on offer, view our What's Online ProgramEventbrite pageYouTube Channel, or check out our social media pages.

      Library Membership

      To become a library member you can visit your local branch, or get started online. To get started online, follow the steps below.

      1. Click here to register online
      2. Read and accept the Membership Terms and Conditions
      3. Fill in the new member form
      4. Once the registration is complete, visit your local library to pick up your library card for immediate, full access to our complete range of services.

      If you need assistance signing up online, please contact your local library.

      eLibrary (Library in Your Loungeroom)

      Our eLibrary is always open! Browse our extensive collection of online resources in the comfort of your own home - all you need is an internet-connected device and a library card.

      Resources include: Books & Audio eBooks, eAudioBooks, newspapers, magazines, kids activities, family history resources and movies.

      To log into any of our eLibrary resources you need your library card. Most services will ask for your library barcode and PIN. You barcode is found on the back of your library card. For assistance with your PIN, or troubleshooting help please contact your local library – our staff are still here to help!

      eLibrary Resources by Category

      Books & Audio
      Newspapers and Magazines
      Kids and Teens
      Computers & Training
      Languages
      Music, Film & Dance
      Family History
      Reference

      More Information

      For more information on COVID–19 and how best to manage your risks please go to www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

      The Australian Government Department of Health is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia and are sharing the latest medical adivce every day: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

      The Premier of Victoria, The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, is keeping Victorians up-to-date on the latest information relevant to our state: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/

      Community Support Centres

      We understand that this is a difficult time, and many of us are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or lonely. If you need to reach out during this distressing time, please read our list of community support centres who can help: www.ncgrl.vic.gov.au/communitysupportcentres