The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters’ three libraries will re-open today, Friday 15 May— albeit looking and operating a little differently.
In accordance with the requirements issued by the Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, there will be some restrictions and entry conditions in place at each of the Libraries to protect the health, well-being and safety of our staff, customers and community to assist in reducing the
spread of COVID-19.
“Our priority is to ensure that each of the Libraries are equipped to provide a safe environment for visitors in accordance with Federal and State Government restrictions and advice,” says Mayor Robert Bria.
“We know that the re-opening of our Libraries has been highly anticipated so we are excited to be able to welcome our community back.”
Due to capacity and social distancing restrictions set by the State Government, visitors to the Libraries will need to adhere to some changes and conditions of entry.
“As we aim to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access and enjoy our Libraries, visits will need to be kept to minimum and less than 30 minutes.”
A maximum of 10 customers will be permitted in each Library at any one time and everyone must maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres, sanitise their hands on entry and exit, and practice good respiratory hygiene at all times.
Library hours have been temporarily changed and services have been limited to browsing, borrowing, making payments and using PCs (where available), while all seating, toys and interactive displays have been removed.
“Library card holders can still access plenty of books and online learning opportunities through the online catalogue on the Council’s website or from any mobile device using the free Libraries SA app.”
Although Library programs, activities and events have been temporarily suspended, some have been taken online for participation at home.
“Our wonderful Library staff are still offering Storytime and craft workshops for children and young families, which can all be viewed online through the Council’s website.”
“In what is a challenging time for us all, I thank everyone for their cooperation as we work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
For further information about the Council’s Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Council’s website at www.npsp.sa.gov.au/covid19
Library opening hours from Friday 15 May 2020
Opening hours across the three Libraries have been temporarily revised and are as follows:
Cultural Heritage Centre and other community facilities
At this time the Cultural Heritage Centre, St Peters Youth Centre, St Peters Banquet Hall, Payneham Library Community Facilities and Payneham Community Centre will remain closed due to social distancing measures and restrictions on public gatherings. This will be reviewed in the next phase of restrictions being eased.