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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
- Australian Capital Territory: Libraries ACT has released its latest information on advice relating to COVID-19.
- New South Wales: Information can be found via the ABC News article.
- Northern Territory: Information can be found on the City of Darwin and Libraries and Archives NT webpages.
- Queensland: Information can be found on the State Library of QLD website.
- South Australia: Information can be found on the Libraries SA webpage.
- Tasmania: Libraries Tasmania is currently offering modified services at all libraries and archives, in line with physical distancing guidelines.
- Victoria: information on what is happening in Victoria can be find here.
- Western Australia: Following the most recent lockdown public venues — including community centres, libraries, museums, galleries and recreation centres — can open with the two-square-metre rule in place.
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
- State Library of Queensland
- State Library of South Australia
- State Library Victoria
- State Library of Western Australia
This page is accurate as of 11 June 2021 and will be updated as needed.