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COVID-19 | Goldfields Library Corporation

COVID-19 Updates

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required when visiting any of our libraries. You will be refused entry if you are not wearing a mask.

Safety remains our top priority. We are all in this together, and the only way we can fight this pandemic is if we all do the right thing.

Libraries closing

Following the Victorian Government’s re-introduction of Stage 3 restrictions, all Goldfields Libraries branches and agencies will be closed from Thursday 6 August 2020. We expect these closures to be in place until at least Sunday 13 September 2020.

This also includes the suspension of all Home Library Service deliveries.

What we can still offer:
• Online programs and events - including Storytimes (via Zoom, Youtube and Facebook)
• Library in your loungeroom
    - eBooks, audiobooks
    - Digital magazines and newspapers
  - Online family history resources
    - Learning at home resources
    - Online movies and tv
    - Online kids’ activities
   - Wellbeing activities
A friendly ear – please email or call your local library and leave your details and staff member will give you a call back.
 
We understand that our libraries provide a vital community service, so please stay connected via our social media channels and check this page for up-to-date information.
 
We look forward to welcoming you back to the library as soon as we safely can.

 

Borrowing library items

Borrowing is still available from our libraries until close of business Wednesday 5 August. For opening times at your local library click here. Please note: We cannot allow more than 20 people into our spaces at one time. Smaller libraries may have smaller limits. Please keep your visit to 30 minutes or less to allow others to pick up their items.  Due to high demand, there may be wait times to enter the library. Please be patient with us as we do our best to manage this.

  

Returning library items

  • Returns chutes / boxes are open until close of business Wednesday 5 August, where these are available.
  • Your items will remain on your account for 72 hours after return while they are quarantined.
  • Items borrowed before the March library closures library are now due to be returned.
  • Current loans will be due back on Monday 21 September.
  • No overdue fines will be incurred for now.

Don’t forget our eLibrary which is still available to you 24/7 and has wonderful resources.

 

Reserved Library Items

Reserved items can be picked up as usual from all libraries until close of business Wednesday 5 August. 

As of Thursday 6 August, all reserves will be put on hold and will be available to pick up when our libraries reopen.

 

eLibrary (Library in Your Loungeroom)

Although our libraries are closing, 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.

 

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 visit our Eventbrite page, view our YouTube 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.

 

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