Libraries now open

Published on 30 June 2020

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Read all about it – the Yarra Plenty Regional Library branches, including Eltham and Diamond Valley, have reopened.

Health and safety restrictions will be in place as part of stage two of the libraries’ reopening and visitors will notice several changes.

Opening hours will vary for each branch, please check the library website, with all branches closed for cleaning between 2pm and 3pm each day.

Visitor numbers will be limited to a maximum of 20 users per library space, with visits limited to one hour.

The Mobile Library will continue to operate with normal stops, with a limit of three users in the vehicle at any time.

Computer use is limited to one hour, and Tech Help is by phone only. Visitors with complicated library queries should phone the library first for assistance.

Book returns are through the 24/7 return chutes.

Most importantly, visitors should wash their hands before and after attending the branches, maintain social distancing at all times and do not come to the library, or use the return chutes, if feeling unwell.

Full details of branch reopenings can be found here.

Your Library at Home

Online library programs offered during the closure are continuing. These include borrowing from the digital library, TV and movie streaming, children’s storytimes, tech help, homework help and customer service. Click & Collect Library members can place holds online, selecting the local branch for pick up. You will be notified by email or sms when they become available.

Print & Collect

The library will print up to 30 black and white pages for free and members can pick up at their branch. Jobs need to be uploaded by 11am for pick up after 3pm on the same day, Monday – Friday. Details here.

Family Fun Bundles

A librarian-curated package of books ready to pick up and go – can be ordered via email at local branches by 11am weekdays to collect from 3pm the same day. Let the branch know the age and interests of family members and the types of books you would like such as picture books, non-fiction etc. The bundles are available for all households whether you live alone, with a partner, or have children. Details here.

Just for Kids

For the school holidays, there are no in-branch activities, but the library is providing activity packs to keep the kids entertained. The packs for primary school-aged children can be ordered through the Click & Collect service and each activity is accompanied by a short instructional video on the YPRL Facebook page, one of every week of the school holidays. Details here.

Virtual storytimes are held via Facebook Live weekdays at 10am for Baby Storytime, 10.30am for Toddler Time and 11am for Preschool Storytime.

For information on all library services and memberships, go to the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service main website.