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COVID-19 | Goldfields Library Corporation

COVID-19 Updates

Our libraries are now open!

Now Open

Our libraries are beginning to open up even more! In line with State Government safety guidelines, we can now welcome up to 150 visitors. For most libraries, the limit will be smaller than this, but it means that you can now browse and visit the library for longer! You can also use the free Wi-Fi, use the public computers or just sit and relax. Of course, if we do happen to reach our limit, we may ask you to keep your visit brief so we can welcome others into our spaces.

Don’t forget, our librarians are also still here to help via the phone and email if you wish to stay at home, and we have some great online resources, programs and events.

Safety remains our top priority, so please remember to practice social distancing, use hand sanitiser and wear a mask. Please bring your library card or photo ID with an address.

view your local library's open hours here

Visitor limits apple Up to 150 visitors inside at a time (where space allows - less for smaller libraries) don't visit if you're unwell Please don't visit if you are unwell
face mask must be worn Please wear a face mask maintain social distancing Maintain social distancing
please keep your visit short Please keep your stay brief to allow others to visit. Some libraries may apply a time limit to help manage demand. sanitise or wash your hands Wash your hands or use sanitiser regularly
ID required Please bring your library card or photo ID with your address. Bring a carry bag if needed. sign in required You will need to sign in to allow us to keep track of numbers, and for COVID contact tracing if needed*.

*NB: We will destroy these records after 28 days and will not use your personal information for any other purpose.

When visiting the library, you will be able to:

  • Use the free library Wi-Fi
  • Use computers (time limits may apply)
  • Browse the shelves and borrow items (some areas of the library may remain closed) 
  • Collect reserves 
  • Return items using return chutes/boxes, where available. 
  • Print, photocopy, and scan

Services that remain suspended for now:

  • Face to face library programs and events, including Storytime – we will continue to provide online programs
  • Room hire
  • 1:1 computer help

Got a question? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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

From Thursday 22 October, loans will return 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.

Returns

    Returns chutes and boxes are now open (where these are available). Returned Items will remain on your account for 24 hours while they are quarantined. 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.

      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 sign up, you must register online.

      1. Read and accept the Membership Terms and Conditions
      2. Fill in the new member form
      3. Please remember to provide your phone number and email address
      4. Once the registration is complete, a library staff member will be in contact to share your library card details. This will give you immediate, full access to our complete range of eLibrary resources. 
        NOTE: If you do not provide your phone number or email address, we cannot give you these details and you will not be able to access the eLibrary.
      5. Your library card will be mailed to you when our libraries re-open. (To keep you and our staff safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, we cannot mail out your library card sooner.)

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

      eLibrary (Library in Your Loungeroom)

      Although our libraries are currently closed, 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

      We’re adding new content to our eLibrary pages regularly as new content becomes available, so make sure to check back for ways to keep entertained while social distancing.

      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