Following on from the resumption of home library services last week, plans for a staged reopening of Newcastle libraries will kick off from next Monday.
The Newcastle and Wallsend branches will be open to library members from Monday 15 June, limiting the number of people inside to allow for social distancing.
Browsing and attendance time will also be monitored.
“The City has developed a staged approach to reopening our libraries’ doors to its members that prioritises public and employee safety,” Libraries and Learning manager Suzie Gately said.
“We have modified our opening schedule to allow for adequate cleaning of the facilities. The City’s libraries have also expanded their online offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to an increase in downloads of the Library app of 233 per cent.”
The Libraries’ membership has increased by more than 1,000 during the pandemic to 93,640 after the City invested $60,000 in 5,800 additional e-book and audiobook titles, plus a new video streaming platform ‘Medici TV’.
The Library has continued to engage its audience through 52 online programs such as Facebook Live story times, stop motion Lego clubs, kids online crafternoons, podcasts, author talks and creative workshops.
Newcastle Museum will reopen to the public on Tuesday 23 June, however the facility’s interactive attractions will remain closed for safety in line with State guidelines.