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Wollongong libraries reopen following COVID-19 shutdown

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Six of Wollongong's seven libraries are back in business from today following the easing of health restrictions.

Wollongong City Council said people will need to book to visit their local library.

Facilities at Helensburgh, Thirroul, Corrimal, Unanderra, Dapto and Warrawong reopen this morning after being shutdown since March 24 because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Wollongong Library will remain closed for another week because of maintenance work.

Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the libraries will operate to pre-Coronavirus hours and be open from Monday to Saturday.

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There will be a limit on numbers in each library and when booking 50-minute visits people will be required to provide their name and contact details, inline with the NSW State Government’s guidelines, to allow for future contact, should a Coronavirus case be linked to one of Council’s facilities.

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"I know our community will welcome the news these popular community spaces are reopening, but visiting will continue to be a different experience for some time yet," Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

"I'd ask people to be aware, to be patient and to follow the advice of staff to ensure their time in the library or gallery is as enjoyable and safe as possible.

"Coronavirus continues to be an issue, and a risk, for our community and it’s essential we stay vigilant of ways to stop its spread.

"There will be an enhanced cleaning regime, everyone will be asked to sanitise their hands prior to entry and there will be no public programs on offer or access to newspapers," Cr Bradbery said.

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