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Libraries Tasmania reopens its doors

LIBRARIES Tasmania has reopened during normal opening hours, with members and guests encouraged to come in for browsing, borrowing and public computer or internet access.

Members can place holds online and come to the library to collect them, or just browse, borrow and go.

People may be asked to minimise the time they spend inside the library to ensure public gathering restrictions are met, and to make sure the library is available to everyone.

Items can be returned to any library either during library hours or using the new return chutes, which are now available 24 hours a day in some locations.

Libraries are also now offering modified one-to-one and small group adult learning, along with ‘Rock and Rhyme’, ‘Storytime’ and School Holiday Programs.

Home Library Service will also be available in selected libraries, with Book Groups recommencing late July.

For people who are unwell and unable to visit, they can still browse and borrow all the eResources.

This includes eBooks, stories, eMagazines, eComics, eNews, journals, eMusic, eFilms, eLanguages, online databases, historical newspapers, family history resources, research and reference materials, and research support through Live Chat.

“We recognise that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Tasmanian communities, including our library members, visitors, staff and volunteers,” a Libraries Tasmania representative said.

“Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we safely return all our familiar services and programs in libraries across the state.

“We’re looking forward to seeing you again.”

General enquiries and research questions can be directed to Libraries Tasmania’s online chat service on the website, or the enquiry phone line on 6165 5600 weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

For more information, visit www.libraries.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Libraries Tasmania has reopened across the state.