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Updated Library Services in line with Stage 3 ‘Road to the New Normal’

  • Normal operating hours
  • If you feel unwell, we ask you to kindly stay at home
  • The external returns chutes will be open 24/7 so you can bring items back when they are due
  • The following library programs have resumed: Babes ‘n’ Books, Rhyme Time, Toddler Time, Pre-School Story Time, Family Story Time, LEGO Club, Book Clubs, Seniors @ the Libraries, Monsoon Cinema Club, and Knit ‘n’ Natter. Check the events calendar for the next session. 
  • Physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place
  • We are now cashless. All payments can be made with EFTPOS.
  • Some items have been removed from circulation for now.

If you have any questions about the reopening of the Libraries please call us on 8930 0200.

Are Libraries open?

Yes, the Libraries are open. We are operating with our regular business hours.

Are the Library programs still running? 

We are pleased to say that many of our library programs are running.  Attendees are required to maintain spacial distancing at the events.

The following Library programs are running:

  • Babes ‘n’ Books
  • Rhyme Time
  • Toddler Time
  • Pre-School Story Time
  • Family Story Time
  • LEGO Club
  • Book Clubs
  • Seniors @ the Libraries
  • Monsoon Cinema Club
  • Knit ‘n’ Natter.

Check the events calendar for the next session. 

 Join in on the Libraries Facebook page.

What measures are you taking to keep the library space safe?

We have implemented the following steps at all libraries:

  • Increased cleaning of library spaces in particular high traffic touch points
  • Provide hand sanitiser for customers and staff
  • Provide cleaning wipes for customers to use on shared resources (e.g. keyboards and mice)
  • Spaced furniture in the library to adhere to spacial distancing requirements
  • Cashless transactions
  • Deliver library programs that can adhere to spacial distancing requirements. The Libraries continue to deliver some programs online.
  • physical distancing measures still apply
Are you cleaning the books or quarantining returned items?

No. City of Darwin Libraries asks for all patrons and staff to use good hygiene practices

Can I borrow games/puzzles/headphones?

The Libraries have made some games and puzzles available for customers to use. Cleaning wipes are made available to customers to clean toys prior to use. Currently, headphones are not available to borrow. You are welcome to bring in your own headphones to use on the library devices.

How much can I borrow and for how long?

Our usual borrowing limits. Remember, you can still increase your borrowing with our digital library of ebooks, audiobooks and emagazines.

Why are my requests taking so long?

 If you have requested an item that is already on loan, this may take longer to fulfil. To avoid long wait times for items, please request books that are currently available at one of our library branches. You can see the status of an item on the online catalogue.

Additionally, if your request involves inter-library loans, or purchasing items, this may also delay your request.

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