Library Opens on 9 June With Restrictions In Place

Friday, 29 May, 2020 - 10:15

Mansfield Shire Council has been busy putting measures in place for the re-opening of the library on 9 June.

Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said the Victorian Government has announced that from 11:59pm on 31 May 2020 restrictions on community services and local government facilities, including libraries will be eased.

“Our staff are busy working through the requirements to ensure there is adequate social distancing and hygiene measures, such as the installation of safety screens at the library counter,” Cr Attley said.

“It’s important that we take the time to implement these measures properly so that we can achieve a balance between allowing access for as many people as possible and keeping the community safe,” she said

Whilst additional measures are being implemented, the community can continue to access the library collection online and via the ‘Click and Collect’ service.

“When the library re-opens on the 9 June it will operate on reduced hours to enable staff to set-up and undertake additional tasks required to ensure social distancing and hygiene.  There will be a maximum of 20 people, including staff members allowed in the Library at one time, so, we ask that people constrain their time to a maximum of 15 minutes for borrowing and browsing,” Cr Attley said.

“This means everyone has a chance to use the service and can estimate the wait time as they are queuing outside. There will be controls in place to ensure 1.5m social distancing. Like many shops and facilities, this will be with marks to indicate where to queue,” she said.

“Council is well aware how popular the library is but to meet the requirements there will be only one public internet computer and one catalogue computer available and a 30 minute limit on use of the computers and just one person per computer (unless they are family members).

“Of course, we encourage the use of the on-line collections for those that would prefer to continue to stay home as much as possible.

Cr Attley said there will be an increased cleaning regime at the library as well as having wipes and sanitiser available for both staff and visitors.

Due to the requirements and restrictions, the following changes will also be in place when the library opens:

  • The new service Click and Collect will continue
  • Newspapers, toys and activities will not be available
  • No room hire, study space or group activities until further notice
  • Returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 4 days before being available to reloan
  • Loans from outside the High Country Network collection are unavailable
  • Outreach to Woods Point and Gaffney’s Creek by sending items with Stewarts Bus Service (monthly) will continue. Outreach visits by a Librarian are not available
  • On-line story time will be reduced to align with when story-time would normally occur (first and third Friday of each month)

The hours of operation starting Tuesday, 9 June are:

  • Tuesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 10:00am – 12pm
  • Thursday 10:00am – 12pm
  • Friday 10:00am – 12pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Saturday Closed
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