Open book: The City of Ballarat has resumed its library services with a few minor changes to operations at all three locations. Photo: RUBY STALEY

Libraries turn new chapter

October 28, 2020 BY

WITH restrictions easing all around the state, the City of Ballarat have moved to safely re-open its library services for residents to use and enjoy.

All three locations, Ballarat, Sebastopol and Wendouree, have resumed operations, although, are only open to a maximum of 20 people at any given time.

In accordance with the most recent restrictions, a four-square-meter social distancing rule is in place and people who stay for more than 15 minutes need to sign up for contact tracing, and you can only be in the building for an hour at most.

Of course, facemasks are also required at all times.

A statement from the City of Ballarat said use of the self-checkout service is preferred for borrowing books and other library resources, and computer use is limited to 45-minute at a time and must be booked prior.

Other face-to-face offerings, as well as the external services remain on hiatus, however, the limited home library service is continuing for now.