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City of Melville libraries to reopen from Monday, 18 May

15 May 2020

City of Melville libraries will reopen their doors on Monday, 18 May following the easing of restrictions by the State Government.

City of Melville libraries will reopen their doors on Monday, 18 May following the easing of restrictions by the State Government.

AH Bracks Library + Creative Space, Civic Square Library, Bull Creek Library and Willagee Library will return to normal operating hours. Canning Bridge Library however will remain closed to the public as it is currently being utilised for our home delivery service, which is helping support vulnerable people in our community, who physically can't visit a library location, to access library resources. Our new Holds Collect service will also be expanded to all libraries except for Canning Bridge.

In line with State Government directives, we will be limiting the number of people in the library to 20 at any given time. Visitors will be asked to limit their visit to a maximum of 30 minutes to ensure access to our facilities is shared equally amongst our diverse library community. These restrictions also mean that all in-person events and programs will still remain on hold.

Strict social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all visitors and our staff. Visitors will be asked to keep 1.5m distance from each other at all times and our staff will regularly clean public computers, library kiosks and other public areas. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the facility. All library staff will undergo COVID-19 safety training prior to returning to work.

We are now accepting library returns and encourage members who have finished with their items to return them so that other users can enjoy them. To ensure the safety and health or our staff and community, all returned items will be quarantined for 24 hours before being returned to the shelf. To facilitate returns, after-hours returns chutes at AH Bracks Library + Creative Space, Civic Square Library and Canning Bridge Library will be open.

Unfortunately, FOGO caddy liners will not be available at libraries due to the need to safely manage demand within the required restrictions. FOGO caddy liners will be available for collection from the City of Melville Civic Centre outside courtyard area from Tuesday, 2 June 2020 onwards. Proof of residence will be required. More details will be available soon.

We are acutely aware that our libraries are so much more than a place to borrow books. For many of our patrons, our libraries are a place of refuge and a community. We encourage our members to take advantage of our online events and programs and eResources while our in-person events and programs remain on hold. 

Willagee Library will temporarily close from Wednesday, 10 June and reopen Monday 29 June as it undergoes a minor upgrade to its façade to make the space more inviting to the community.

Works include repainting to the red brick façade, a new entrance to improve access for wheelchair users, and new floor to ceiling windows and alfresco seating installed to the south side of the building.

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