Skip to main content
Budget consultation now open
The City of Mount Gambier Draft 2022/2023 Annual Business Plan and Budget is now open for community feedback, along with the Draft Long Term Financial Plan and Draft Asset Management Plans 2023-2032.
Have your say today

COVID-19 Library restrictions further eased

COVID-19 Library restrictions further eased
22 June 2020

Mount Gambier Library Volunteer Louise Wheeler is pleased to back on deck lending a hand in the Les Hill Local History Room that has recently re-opened to the public.
Library Volunteer Louise Wheeler
Mount Gambier Library Volunteer Louise Wheeler is pleased to back on deck lending a hand in the Les Hill Local History Room that has recently re-opened to the public.

With the State Government outlining further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Mount Gambier Library continues to expand its service delivery. The next phase of the staged re-opening has seen the library opening hours extended, capacity limits further increased and time limits on visits removed.

From today Monday 22 June 2020, the facility is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday with an increased capacity from 20 to 75 people.

The Les Hill Local History Room has recently re-opened enabling people to resume their research, Justice of the Peace volunteers are back on deck each Monday and Wednesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm to certify documents (bookings required) and the team of Library volunteers have returned to lend a hand at the popular facility.

Mount Gambier Library Manager Georgina Davison thanked the community for complying with the restrictions and indicated further resumption of services is on the horizon.

We would like to thank our wonderful customers for being so patient and working with us to ensure the safety of our community, while complying with strict guidelines.
- Mount Gambier Library Manager Georgina Davison

“It is because of this compliance and cooperation that we are able to expand into the next phase of returning with more services, programs and extended opening hours.”

“Customers will need to exercise continued compliance with sanitising, physical distancing and providing their name and contact details upon arrival.”

Further steps will see the re-introduction of weekend opening hours with the community able to attend the facility from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 July 2020.

With July School Holidays just around the corner, the library will be providing a full online program of events. Children will be able to register beforehand and collect a ‘MakerBox’ to assist with the program.

“These fun filled boxes will contain absolutely everything needed to complete incredible activities from home with tutorials being streamed on Facebook and the City of Mount Gambier YouTube channel,” Ms Davison said.

Whilst the library continues to offer online programming for the timebeing, the onsite return of programs is set for after the school holidays.

“During this unprecedented time it has become even more apparent that the library plays an important role within our community so it is pleasing to be able to continue rolling out the stages of our re-opening to reward our patrons and community for doing the right thing,” Ms Davison said.

To keep up-to-date with library news follow Mount Gambier Library on Facebook or subscribe to the eNewsletter by emailing publiclibrary@mountgambier.sa.gov.au or call 08 8721 2540.

Snapshot - Library COVID-19 restrictions

Current

  • Opening hours extended – Monday to Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Les Hill Local History Room open
  • JP Service available Monday and Wednesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (bookings required)
  • Maximum capacity increased to 75 people
  • Online programming continues
  • Time limits removed (excluding computer use).

From 4 July 2020

• Weekend opening resumes – Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 12:00pm.

6 to 18 July 2020

• School Holidays – online program using ‘MakerBoxes’.

From 20 July 2020 (after school holidays)

Onsite programming resumes including:

  • Under 5’s programs: Baby Bounce, Move and Groove and Storytime
  • After School clubs: LEGO Fan Club and STEAM Club
  • Adult programs: Book Club and Crochet Club.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Ashlea Watson at awatson@mountgambier.sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8721 2577.