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COVID-19 | Goldfields Library Corporation

COVID-19 Important Information

Missed us?  We’ve missed you. We’re back!

We are pleased to announce that our libraries will be re-opening with a ‘Click and Collect’ service from 1st June. From 9th June, our library buildings will re-open allowing a limited number of patrons inside (20 at a time, where space permits) for a set period of time (30 minutes).  This will include some time-limited access to public computers and wifi. You can also access wifi from outside the building if it is a nice day, or there is a carpark nearby!  Returns chutes / boxes are now re-open, where these are available.  Items borrowed before library closures will be due on 15th June.  Some Library agencies will be open again for browsing and loans from 1st June.  Our librarians are still here to help via the phone, e-mail and we have some great online resources and events.  Stay in touch via Facebook or sign up to our eNewsletter, or send us an e-mail or leave us a message and a friendly librarian will call you back. We are following State Government Guidelines and your safety and our staff safety remain our top priority. Thank you for your patience.

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

A message from our CEO

Welcome back everyone, as we slowly begin opening our library services to community. We’ve missed you and our staff are genuinely excited to be seeing you again, even if it is with the aroma of hand sanitiser hanging in the air and from no closer than 1.5 metres!

One thing I’ve learned during this time is that, as a fit and healthy person, COVID-19 held very little personal concern but when I looked around me at the people that could be impacted- elderly parents, friends or family with health risks, staff, community it immediately motivated me to do my bit to protect others. We’ve all worked diligently from home and followed health messages carefully by closing libraries, eliminating collection distribution and taking a whole lot of library services online. (Check out our eCollection and Library in your Loungeroom on our website if you haven’t yet!)

With the easing of restrictions, that’s all changing and we will again be able to open our facilities and our collective stories to you. We’re excited about it and probably, having come through all this together, a little wiser about the importance and respect that comes from considering and caring for one another and our different life experiences. 

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Mark Hands

CEO Goldfields Libraries. 

eLibrary

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, movies and music.

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 email your local library using the email address above – 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 and holiday activities for kids and sharing online author talks.

To see what we have on offer visit www.goldfieldslibraries.com, view our YouTube Channel, or check out our social media pages.

Library Membership

Library memberships are still being processed, and you will need a membership to access our eLibrary services.

To sign up, you must register online at: goldfields.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/JOIN.

  1. Read and accept the Membership Terms and Conditions
  2. Fill in the new member form
  3. Please 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 email your local library.

Please note: All library staff are now working remotely, doing our part to flatten the curve of Coronavirus. This means we are not at our branches and aren’t available to answer library phones. If you would like to speak to a staff member by phone, email us with your name and phone number and we’ll give you a call back. 

Borrowing Library items

Due to restrictions put in place by the Department of Health and Human Services, it is not possible for us to provide access to our physical collection at this time.

Rest assured that we are working hard on ways we can provide access to physical books, DVDs and magazines for when restrictions are lifted.

In the meantime, please browse our extensive range of eLibrary resources.

Returning Library Items

Our external returns chutes are currently closed. This means you cannot return your library items. Please hold onto them. We are not currently charging fines and all current loans have been extended until our libraries re-open.

Reserved Library Items

All reserves are currently on hold. They will be available to pick up when our libraries re-open. 

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 od 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