Since opening their doors on 2 June, Wollongong City Libraries have welcomed back more than 2,900 customers who have borrowed some 14,370 items including books, magazines and DVDs.
These visits and loans have been welcomed by Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM who said libraries play a special place in many people’s lives.
“We knew that in reopening our libraries we’d make many people happy, and I’d like to thank everyone for their understanding of the changes we’ve made to our library services at this time,” Cr Bradbery said.
“Reopening our libraries wasn’t just a matter of opening the doors and welcoming people in. We had to have new procedures in place, and measures to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, library customers and the wider community. It hasn’t been an easy time for our staff – well done we’re on the way back.”
Since reopening last week, library staff have quarantined and cleaned 14,179 items before they could be returned to the shelves. This is one of the measures that are in place to meet the updated NSW Public Health guidelines for library operations.