Current state of libraries

City of Salisbury SA Case study

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Salisbury Library Service started providing its community with a ‘Click and Collect’ service to pick up physical collection materials on hold. For those who were self-isolating and could not visit the library, they also offered a free ‘Library to your Door’ delivery service.

As Salisbury Library Service implemented changes to its day to day operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, library customers were enquiring about their existing holds, especially when the library buildings were closed to the public. The library realised that their customers could quickly adapt and be flexible about alternative service options.
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ALIA is seeking information from libraries in regards to how libraries have adjusted to COVID-19 restrictions and how they plan to reopen. 

Documents can be emailed to us at There is no deadline for submissions. Resources will be added below as they are made available.

On 19 March, the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) released this statement 'ANZ university librarians respond to COVID-19'. 


Libraries identified in National Cabinet's COVID-19 plan

On 8 May 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a statement regarding services which could start to re-open under a three step plan. In this statement he mentioned libraries, alongside community centres and playgrounds, as services that may be reopened as part of Step 1.

You can read ALIA's news release Libraries identified in National Cabinet's COVID-19 plan and how state and territory government are responding. 

Public libraries 

National and state libraries

  • National Library of Australia

The National Library has updated its information on visiting the library safely. 

  • State Library of New South Wales

Reading rooms are open at the State Library of NSW with limited services For more information see the website. Face masks became mandatory for visitors and staff as of 2 January 2021

  • Northern Territory Library

The NT Archives, Alice Springs Reading Room and NT Library have all reopened

  • State Library of Queensland

Read the latest information on the website

  • State Library of South Australia

The library has reopened, for more information see the website.

  • State Library Victoria

information on what is happening in Victoria can be find here.

  • Tasmania

The library is collecting COVID-19 stories from members of the community

  • State Library of Western Australia

See the library's website for more information.


This page is accurate as of 11 June 2021 and will be updated as needed.