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Goondiwindi region’s libraries set to reopen from 15 June

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Libraries in Goondiwindi, Inglewood and Texas will once again be open to the public from Monday 15 June, Goondiwindi Regional Council has advised today.

 

The libraries will open with new procedures and social distancing requirements in place in line with the Queensland Government’s protocols for Stage 2 restrictions, and following recommendations from the Australian Library and Information Association.

 

A maximum of 20 people will be allowed in to browse the library collections at any one time to ensure the safety of staff and customers. Hand sanitiser will be provided on entry and new layouts will be in place to ensure social distancing. 

 

Customers who wish to further reduce their social contact can continue to access the popular ‘call and collect’ service for any items they wish to borrow. They can also e-mail any printing requirements to their local library from their own personal device to avoid using the public access computers.

 

In addition, Council is encouraging library users to explore its newly revamped online library services and resources at www.grc.qld.gov.au/residents/libraries.

 

Although browsing and borrowing can now resume in-person, the libraries’ community programs will remain online-only for now. Mayor of the Goondiwindi region the Honourable Lawrence Springborg said that Council is currently working on plans to resume normal program scheduling soon.

 

“I ask that all residents and library visitors take their role seriously and follow the social distancing and health procedures that our libraries will have in place,” Cr Springborg said.

 

“This includes staying at home if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms.”

 

Cr Springborg said the temporary closure of the library facilities has been deeply felt by the region’s communities.

 

“This is a region that really values the services our libraries provide. Those services can be a real lifeline – especially in more regional areas. I am extremely glad to be able to announce that they can now open their doors to residents once more.”

 

The Goondiwindi Cinema and Art Space and the Goondiwindi and Inglewood visitor information centres will remain closed until at least Stage 3 of restriction easing. Council facilities remain unable to be booked by the community until further notice.

Published: 8th June 2020