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COVID-19 update: opening hours and safety restrictions

Concord Library and Five Dock Library have returned to normal opening hours with limited capacity and allow special entry to seniors once a week. The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes will return to normal opening hours from 1 March. The regular programs have been re-introduced. Bookings are required for our regular programs. Please click here to browse our events and book your spot. 

Concord Library 

Monday–Thursday: 9:30am–7:30pm 
Friday: 9:30am–5pm
Saturday: 9:30am–4pm
Sunday: 1–5pm 
Seniors only: Thursdays 9–9:30am

Five Dock Library 

Monday–Thursday: 9:30am–7:30pm 
Friday: 9:30am–5pm
Saturday: 9:30am–4pm
Sunday: 1–5pm
Seniors only: Tuesdays 9–9:30am

The Learning Space

Monday–Thursday: 10am–9pm
Friday-Sunday: 10am–5pm

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. The City of Canada Bay will be strictly following State and Federal health guidelines including contact tracing protocols. We will be continuously reviewing operations and progressively increasing services and opening hours as it is deemed safe to do so. 

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Libraries COVID safe plan: here's what you need to know

Concord and Five Dock libraries have returned to normal opening hours with limited capacity and allow special entry to seniors once a week. The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes will return to normal opening hours from 1 March. The regular programs have been re-introduced. Bookings are required for every program. 

To limit crowds, we suggest avoiding after school hours and weekends. A maximum number of visitors will be allowed inside each library with strict safety measurements as per State and Federal guidelines.

The following conditions of entry will be enforced at City of Canada Bay Libraries:

  • Capacity to Concord and Five Dock libraries are restricted to a maximum of 180 people respectively. The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes is restricted to a maximum of 80 people
  • Visitors are not permitted to enter if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose, coughing or fever
  • Visitors recently returned from overseas or any hotspots as classified by NSW Health website are asked to remain home and self-isolate
  • Visitor registration is required on entry for contact tracing purposes either via QR code or by providing contact details to staff to enter manually
  • Visitors must remain 1.5m away from others at all times. We will allow groups of close contacts to sit together. This applies to family members and students attending the same school and in the same year.
  • Visitors must practice good hygiene by sanitising their hands upon entering and exiting the library, and before and after handling books or any other library materials.

Services available:
Visitors are able to borrow and return items, access the free wi-fi (using their own devices) or use one of the library's computers (a reduced number of PCs will be available and a maximum of one hour per user per day will be enforced during busy times). Study areas are also available, but with reduced numbers of chairs for social distancing. It will be self-service only for all technology, photocopying, printing and scanning due to social distancing requirements. We will only accept cashless payments.

Overdue fines waived:
City of Canada Bay Libraries have decided to waive late fines from 1 June. If you have been hanging on to an overdue item it is never too late to return it. We are looking forward to seeing many items returned soon so other members can enjoy them. Fines for any lost or damaged items will still apply.

Loan period:
Normal three weeks loan period applies while maintaining increased loan limits.

Latest updates:
The regular programs have been re-introduced according to Library's COVID-19 Safety Plan. Bookings required for every programs. Look out for our eNews, follow us on social media @canbaylibraries or visit our website for the latest updates.

  • Home Library continued with activity/information packs along with regular check-in calls for social wellbeing
  • eLibrary available 24/7
  • Online book club running on our Facebook every Wednesday
  • The Learning Space 3D Print Club and The Lab program have re-commenced.
  • Virtual author talks in collaboration with NSW Public Libraries
  • JP services have re-commenced at Concord Library. JP Services will be re-introduced to Five Dock library from Monday 1 March. Bookings essential - please book an appropriate time slot at the relevant location
  • Phone calls and email enquiries can be made during opening hours.

Tell us how you have missed our libraries!
Together with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), we want to find out what new library members have loved and what existing library users have missed during COVID-19. The results will be used to show government how important libraries are for Australia. Click here to answer three questions – you don't need to tell us who you are, just your postcode. Thank you for your support!

Explore and book our programs

In adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, bookings are required for our regular programs. Please click here to browse our events and reserve your spot.

Justice of the Peace services

JP services have re-commenced at the Libraries. Bookings required - please book an appropriate time slot at the relevant location.

Concord Library
Time:
         10am–12pm
When:        Every Monday plus the first and third Thursday of each month
Where:       60 Flavelle Street, Concord
Bookings: Essential and open 24 hours prior to scheduled date. Please click here, contact staff on 9911 6210 or visit Concord Library.

Five Dock Library
Time:
         10am–12pm
When:        Every Wednesday
Where:       Level 1, 4-12 Garfield Street, Five Dock
Bookings: Essential and open 24 hours prior to scheduled date. Please click here, contact staff on 9911 6310 or visit Five Dock Library.

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