All Brisbane libraries to close to customers but online services to continue

Brisbane City Council wishes to advise that all 33 of its libraries will close to customers from Monday 23 March in order to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

All libraries will operate during their normal weekend hours but will not re-open on Monday, March 23.

Brisbane’s larger libraries at Brisbane Square, Mt Coot-tha, Carindale, Chermside, Garden City and Indooroopilly will close by 4pm on Sunday afternoon with the remaining 26 to shut at 4pm today as per normal opening hours.

Borrowing limits this weekend will be increased from 20 to 60 items and due dates for all returns will be extended to 30 June. The return date may be extended for a further period if required.

Customers will be able to avoid entering a library to return borrowed books by using the after hours return facilities or can hold onto their books until libraries re-open.

Council’s Online Library will remain available 24/7 for users and offers more than 150,000 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and music and video streaming services.

Residents without an existing membership can apply online for a temporary digital membership from Monday to access the digital collection. You can apply for a temporary digital membership via Council's online library catelogue (eLibCat) from Monday 23 March.

Library Wi-Fi facilities will remain free and accessible around library buildings.

The free Home Library service for the aged, frail or disabled will be expanded from 550 to 1100 customers within the next fortnight with increased capacity for 2000 customers by mid-April.

The Pop-up Library and Mobile Library are not operating this weekend.

Lost property collection for essential items will be relocated to alternative sites which will be confirmed by Monday morning. 

Brisbane City Council is working closely with Queensland Health and the Federal Government and will continue to be guided by these agencies on all matters of public health.

Any further updates to our services will be provided when available.

For more information call Council on (07) 3403 8888. 

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Last updated:21 March 2020
Topics: coronavirus