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COVID-19 Update: Libraries reopened with safety restrictions

Our facilities are currently operating under reduced hours with restricted capacity at Concord Library, Five Dock Library and The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes. Concord and Five Dock libraries allow special entry to Seniors prior our normal opening hours once a week.

Monday – Friday: 9:30am–5pm Seniors only: Thursdays 9–9:30am
Saturdays: 9:30am–4pm
Sundays: 1–5pm

Five Dock Library 

Monday – Friday: 9:30am–5pm Seniors only: Tuesdays 9–9:30am
Saturdays: 9:30am–4pm
Sundays: 1–5pm

The Learning Space 

Monday – 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. See more detailed information of what you need to know about our reopening under the tab below.

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

Our facilities are currently operating under reduced hours with restricted capacity at Concord Library, Five Dock Library and The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes. Concord and Five Dock libraries allow special entry to Seniors prior our normal opening hours once a week.

Concord Library (from Monday, 2 November)

Monday – Friday: 9:30am–5pm Seniors only: Thursdays 9–9:30am
Saturdays: 9:30am–4pm
Sundays: 1–5pm

Five Dock Library

Monday – Friday: 9:30am–5pm Seniors only: Tuesdays 9–9:30am
Saturdays: 9:30am–4pm
Sundays: 1–5pm

The Learning Space

Monday – Sunday: 10am–5pm.

To limit crowds, we suggest avoiding after school hours and weekends. A maximum number of visitors will be allowed inside at 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 90 people respectively. The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes is restricted to a maximum of 40 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, Victoria or any hotspots as classified by NSW Health website are asked to remain home and self-isolate
  • Visitor registration is required on entry and exit 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 too. Fines for any lost or damaged items will still apply.

Returning items and loan period extended:
Returned items are required to be quarantined for 24 hours which may delay access to reservations and titles. Normal three weeks loan period applies while maintaining increased loan limits.

Latest updates:
We will progressively increase services and opening hours when we are confident it is safe to do so. Regular programs are replaced with virtual programs and online learning activities for the time being. 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
  • Weekly livestreams for children via Facebook or YouTube on Mondays: bit.ly/librarieslive
  • Facebook Live of Storytime at Wellbank Children's Centre in Concord on Tuesday mornings 
  • Online book club running on our Facebook every Wednesday
  • The Learning Space 3D Print Club and The Lab program running online
  • Virtual author talks in collaboration with NSW Public Libraries
  • JP services not available until further notice
  • 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!

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The City of Canada Bay is a child safe community that recognises and advocates for the rights of children and young people. Our policies and procedures aim to reduce the likelihood of harm to children, to increase the likelihood of identifying and reporting harm, and respond appropriately to disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm.