26 September 2023

Libraries shelve books as virus shelves staff

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Erindale and Civic libraries have closed due to staff availability and are expected to remain closed until the end of the month.

Executive Branch Manager at Libraries ACT, Vanessa Little said all other ACT library branches and online services would remain available for the Canberra community.

“COVID-19 is currently impacting our workforce with a large proportion of staff needing to do the right thing and follow isolation requirements,” Ms Little said.

“To try and maintain continuity of service across Canberra’s library network, we will close these two branches for the next two weeks,” she said.

“We apologise for any inconvenience these interim arrangements might cause, but it will mean our remaining staff members can provide reliable and accessible services for Canberrans at our other branches.”

Ms Little said items borrowed from Erindale and Civic libraries could still be returned via returned chutes at another branch or renewed online.

The Branch Manager said Dickson library was the closest library to the city and Tuggeranong library also remained open for those who would normally visit Erindale.

She said if library members had a reserve at either the Erindale or Civic library, Libraries ACT would make contact to discuss transferring reserves to another location for collection.

Ms Little said that, since the pandemic began, Libraries ACT had worked to offer the community services in different ways, including contactless home delivery and an improved range of online resources like e-books, e-magazines and video streaming services.

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