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Wollongong Library? Need to Book.

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Keen for a new read? Wollongong locals will need to book in via phone or in person for a timed visit and there will be a limit on numbers in each library.

Burelli Street Library will remain closed in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions being lifted, with Wollongong council instead announcing staged re-openings for libraries across the region.

Libraries at Helensburgh, Thirroul, Corrimal Unanderra, Dapto and Warrawong will open on Tuesday, operating to their pre-Coronavirus hours from Monday to Saturday. Burelli Street will remain closed for an additional week due to maintenance.

“I know our community will welcome the news these popular community spaces are reopening, but visiting will continue to be a different experience for some time yet,” Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

“Rather than offering our booking online, which is not accessible to all in our community, we will take bookings over the phone and directly with the library you’d like to visit,” Cr Bradbery said.

Limited computer facilities will be available at Wollongong Library once it reopens on June 9, and physical distancing requirements means staff support to operate the computers will be unavailable.

“We’re not out of the woods yet with this virus. Our focus has always been, and continues to be, the health, wellbeing and safety of our staff and volunteers, their families and our community. We need to continue to support on another”.