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Barwon Heads Library re-opening

The Barwon Heads Library will be reopening on Friday 30 July, from the usual opening time,

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Cancellation of Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival 2021

We have made the difficult decision to cancel the Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival in 2021, to allow us time to undertake a thorough review of the festival format. We hope that the festival will be back in 2022, and will continue to share updates on our website and social media channels.

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Libraries open from Wednesday 28 July

All Geelong Regional Libraries branches and mobile libraries are open!

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Lockdown extension: libraries remain closed

All libraries and mobile library services will remain closed until Wednesday 28 July (at the usual branch opening time), pending any further instructions from the government.

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Libraries closed from COB Thursday 15 July

Due to the recent announcement of a statewide lockdown , Geelong Regional Libraries will be closing all branches and mobile library services from Thursday 15 July (at the usual branch closing time).

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Important notice: Barwon Heads Library

Please note that the case identified at Barwon Heads Primary School resulted in the Barwon Heads Library being closed from Thursday 15 July as a precaution.

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Welcome to Colac Otway Shire!

We are very pleased to welcome our new library members from the Colac Otway Shire.

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Help us solve an historical puzzle!

Can an exhibition help reunite the photographs with their rightful owners?

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Get to know our new CEO, Vanessa Schernickau

Vanessa Schernickau started in her role as Geelong Regional Libraries' new Chief Executive Officer on Monday 7 June; here you can learn a little more about who she is as a person and a leader.

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Story Time, Toddler Time and Baby Time are back!

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we are pleased to welcome families back to the library for story time sessions.

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Preparing to welcome Colac Otway Shire library members

We are busy planning to welcome new library members and staff from Colac Oway Shire soon.

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Colac Otway Celebration Week

Join us for a week of special events for all people of all ages as we celebrate the transition of Colac Otway Shire libraries to Geelong Regional Libraries. All events will be COVIDSafe*.

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Libraries closed for public holiday

All our branches and mobile libraries will be closed for the Queen's Birthday public holiday.

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Libraries open from 7 June

In line with recent Victorian Government advice, we are pleased to announce that Geelong Regional Libraries’ branches and mobile libraries will re-open to the public on Monday 7 June (at the regular branch opening time).

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Libraries closed from COB Thursday 27 May

Due to the recent announcement of a statewide lockdown for Victoria, Geelong Regional Library Corporation will be closing all branches and mobile library services from Thursday 27 May (at the usual branch closing time), and will re-open on Monday 7 June (at usual branch opening time), pending any further announcements from the State Government.

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COVID-19 Update: new restrictions

The Victorian Government today announced the return of restrictions for residents of Greater Melbourne to manage the recent cluster of COVID-19 cases.

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Special Board Meeting cancelled

The Special Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday 27 May, has been cancelled.

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Protected industrial action at Geelong Regional Libraries

GRLC will continue to prioritise the provision of a continuous and safe library service as union members on staff commence protected industrial action.

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Toddler Time is back!

Have your little ones missed Toddler Time? We've sure missed you! Toddler Time is back.

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Changes to digital magazine platforms

We’d like to let you know about some changes to our digital magazine platforms.

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Belmont Library - early closure

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances Belmont Library has had to close early today, 18 May 2021.

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Scheduled internet outage

There will be a scheduled outage to our internet connection from 10pm Sunday night until approximately 6am Monday morning.

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Venue Hire - special offer!

Would you like to experience the impressive views over the bay at your next corporate meeting or event? Together with the RK Group we have a special deal with 25% off venue hire and 10% off catering.

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Corio Library temporary closure

Please note, Corio Library will be closed from Sunday 23 May at 5pm and will reopen on Saturday 29 May due to scheduled electrical works.

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Introducing the new library app!

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the first ever Geelong Regional Libraries’ app.

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Belmont Library upgrade – temporary closure

Please be advised that Belmont Library will be closed for refurbishments from 5pm Saturday 22 May and will re-open to the public on Monday 7 June.

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Budget 2021-22 and Strategic Resource Plan 2021-2025

At its Board meeting held on 22 April 2021, the Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC) resolved to place the Draft Budget 2021-22 and Strategic Resource Plan 2021-2025 on public exhibition in preparation for adoption on 17 June 2021.

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Geelong Regional Libraries to welcome new CEO

Geelong Regional Libraries is delighted to announce the appointment of Vanessa Schernickau as its new CEO.

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April public holiday closures

Our libraries will be closed over the Easter weekend and on Anzac Day.

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Bannockburn Library open after maintenance works

Bannockburn Library is now open again with normal opening hours, after undergoing some maintenance works.

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Shaping your library's future

Wondering where to next for libraries in our region? We want to hear from you! We are developing our Library Plan 2021–2025 and we want to know your ideas.

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Introducing LinkedIn Learning; our new resource for members

We are delighted to be able to offer our members a fantastic new online learning resource; LinkedIn Learning.

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Colac Otway Shire residents to reap benefits of library transition

Plans are now well advanced for the transition of the Colac Otway Shire (COS) libraries to the Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC).

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Libraries re-opening Thursday 18 February

We are pleased to announce that libraries will be re-opening on Thursday 18 February.

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Libraries temporarily closed from Friday 12 February

Due to today’s announcement of Stage 4 Restrictions for Victoria, Geelong Regional Library Corporation will be closing all branches and mobile library services from Friday 12 February (at the usual branch closing time) until at least Thursday 18 February 2021 pending any further instructions from the State Government.

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New Drysdale Library - Public info sessions

Have you heard the exciting news? The City of Greater Geelong is building a new Drysdale library in the town square to service Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Curlewis and northern Bellarine Peninsula communities.

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CovidSafe Summer – changes during January

Further changes will come into effect at libraries during January 2021, as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

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Closures for festive season & Staff Day

As we approach the end of the year, we'd like to share upcoming changes to our times and days of operations with our communities.

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Patti Manolis to step down as CEO of the GRLC

After 14 years as CEO of Geelong Regional Libraries, Patti Manolis OAM will be stepping down from the role at the end of March 2021.

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GRLC welcomes new Board

The GRLC is pleased to welcome a number of new members, as well as some experienced familiar faces, to its Board.

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COVIDSafe Summer at the Library

We are pleased to be able to be able share further changes for libraries, the Heritage Centre and Mobile Libraries in line with Government directions.

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Queenscliff Library opening at temporary location!

The Queenscliff Library will open on Wednesday 2 December at 18 Hesse Street.

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TAC announced as first Corporate Friend of the Library

We are proud to announce the TAC as our inaugural Corporate Friend of the Library.

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Take our READS survey!

We're inviting the community to have their say in our ‘Reader Engagement, Advocacy and Development Strategy' survey.

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Visitor capacity limits and time limits increased

We are pleased to be able to increase visitor capacity and time limits in library branches.

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Word for Word 2020 Festival Program - online!

The seventh annual Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival will take on a new life this year, changing to an online format as it continues to showcase the very best non-fiction from Australia’s brightest writers and thinkers.

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Colac Otway Shire to join Geelong Regional Libraries

Plans are well underway for Colac Otway Shire libraries to join the Geelong Regional Library Corporation as its fifth Member Council.

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Geelong Honours Them - watch the video

This video provides an insight into the project that saw the digitisation of literally hundreds of World War One Honour Boards that are scattered across the region’s four local government areas. These images are now featured on a dedicated website.

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Melbourne Cup and Ballarat Show Day services

Find out which library services are changing on Melbourne Cup (Tuesday 4 November) and Ballarat Show Day (Friday 13 November).

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Queenscliff Library Update

Please note that there has been a delay in Queenscliff Library’s move to its new temporary location.

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