Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

14 May 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Libraries begin their journey to reopen

Libraries Tasmania will begin a staged approach to easing COVID-19 restrictions from Monday, 18 May 2020 by introducing modified physical services while continuing to offer an expanded range of online services.

As a first step, libraries will begin to offer the service their members are most asking for, which is the ability to borrow again.

This will start with the trial of a modified approach to borrowing at the Launceston Library, using a ‘click and collect’ service where members can browse the online catalogue, place holds and collect items from the library during set hours.

Subject to the success of the trial, it will be extended as quickly as possible to other libraries around the state, with additional services being gradually introduced after that.

We acknowledge that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Tasmanian communities, including library members, visitors, staff and volunteers.

By working together, we can minimise the spread of COVID-19 and this will require the continued cooperation and patience of the community as we explore new ways to safely reintroduce services and programs in the coming months.

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