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COVID-19 | Goldfields Library Corporation

COVID-19 Important Information

All library branches and agencies are currently closed.

While we understand the vital role our libraries play in community connectedness and wellbeing, we want to minimise unnecessary risks to staff and community members. After careful consideration, we have decided to close all Goldfields Libraries branches and agencies until further notice. This includes the suspension of all programs, events and Home Library Service deliveries until April 14, or until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision and look forward to resuming normal programming soon. Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation, so please stay connected through our website and Facebook pages. We will be looking into creative ways to continue our role as the community’s shared loungeroom.

Don’t forget our eLibrary which is still available to you 24/7 and has wonderful resources (see below).

Contacting library staff

All library staff are now working remotely, doing our part to flatten the curve of Coronavirus. This means we are not at our branches and aren’t available to answer library phones. If you would like to get in touch, please email us. We’re still here! If you’d prefer to chat by phone, email us with your name and phone number and we’ll give you a call back. 

This also means we’re still here to help you out with book/audiobook suggestions, help you get set up or troubleshoot out eLibrary or help you use your smart device. If there’s anything else you need help with, please reach out, we’d love to hear from you.

Returning Library Items

Our external returns chutes are currently closed. This means you cannot return your library items. Please hold onto them. We are not currently charging fines and all current loans have been extended until our libraries re-open.

Reserved Library Items

All reserves are currently on hold. They will be available to pick up when our libraries re-open. 

eLibrary

Although our physical libraries are closed, our eLibrary is always open. Browse our extensive collection of online resources in the comfort of your own home - all you need is an internet-connected device and a library card.

Resources include: Books & Audio eBooks, eAudioBooks, newspapers, magazines, kids activities, family history resources, movies and music.

To log into any of our eLibrary resources you need your library card. Most services will ask for your library barcode and PIN. You barcode is found on the back of your library card, and your PIN is your year of birth (unless you've changed it). Please email us using the details above if you have trouble logging in – our staff are still here to help!

eLibrary Resources by Category

Books & Audio
Newspapers and Magazines
Kids and Teens
Computers & Training
Languages
Music, Film & Dance
Family History
Reference

We’re adding new content to our eLibrary pages regularly as new content becomes available, so make sure to check back for ways to keep entertained while social distancing.

Library Membership

Library memberships are still being processed, and you will need a membership to access our eLibrary services.

To sign up, you must register online at: goldfields.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/JOIN.

  1. Read and accept the Membership Terms and Conditions
  2. Fill in the new member form
  3. Please provide your phone number and email address
  4. Once the registration is complete, a library staff member will be in contact to share your library card details. This will give you immediate, full access to our complete range of eLibrary resources.
    NOTE: If you do not provide your phone number or email address, we cannot give you these details and you will not be able to access the eLibrary.
  5. Your library card will be mailed to you when our libraries re-open. (To keep you and our staff safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, we cannot mail out your library card sooner.)

If you need assistance signing up online, please email your local library.

Please note: All library staff are now working remotely, doing our part to flatten the curve of Coronavirus. This means we are not at our branches and aren’t available to answer library phones. If you would like to speak to a staff member by phone, email us with your name and phone number and we’ll give you a call back. 

More Information

For more information on COVID–19 and how best to manage your risks please go to www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

The Australian Government Department of Health is monitoring the outbreak od COVID-19 in Australia and are sharing the latest mediacal adivce every day: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

The Premier of Victoria, The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, is keeping Victorians up-to-date on the latest information relevant to our state: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/

Community Support Centres

We understand that this is a difficult time, and many of us are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or lonely. If you need to reach out during this distressing time, please read our list of community support centres who can help: www.ncgrl.vic.gov.au/communitysupportcentres