Kingston Libraries Reopening
Kingston Libraries has moved to reopen most branches for 2021. Bookings are no longer required. Please check our opening hours below.
To meet our COVID Safe Plan, it's still not business as usual just yet. We've made a few changes to our service delivery to accommodate current physical distancing and gathering limits, and to ensure safe hygiene practices.
Masks must be worn when visiting any of our libraries. We have onsite cleaners doing touch-point cleaning every hour at all open branches.
What can you expect?
All open branches will offer Click & Collect, computer sessions, photocopier/print service, and Home Library Service.
Highett and Moorabbin will remain closed to the public until further notice due to challenges with social distancing in the available space.
Item due dates are no longer being extended automatically. If your items are due back, please return them to any one of our library branches when you are able. You still will not be fined if they are overdue.
If you would like your borrowed items for longer, you can renew eligible items online, using the Kingston Libraries mobile app, or by calling us on 1300 135 668.
All library return chutes remain open 24/7 for returned items.
Your safety is our number one priority. As such, operations within the library will be modified and regularly reviewed to comply with State Goverment health requirements.
Modified Service Delivery
Limited building capacities.
While bookings are no longer required and visits are not timed, we do have limited building capacities at each of our branches.
Concierge at all library entrances.
To ensure building capacities are maintained effectively, you will be met by our concierge staff at the library entrance who will direct you.
Scan QR code before entry.
To enter the library, you will need to scan a QR code and enter your name and contact details for contact tracing. If you do not have a smart phone staff will assist you.
Limited number of PCs. One hour per customer per day.
Every customer is permitted 1 hour per day on our PCs. If you require more time to complete a particular task, eg. an online exam that will take 2 hours, please advise staff at the beginning of your session. We will do our best to accommodate everyone with limited computers available but cannot guarantee more than an hour and thank you for your understanding.
PC stations will undergo a thorough cleaning after each session.
Please advise staff when you have finished your session.
Masks must be worn at all times.
You won't be allowed to enter the library without a mask.
Use hand sanitiser...
- Before entry
- As you look at items
- When you exit
Keep 1.5m physical distance at all times.
Follow staff direction at all times.
- Hand sanitiser will be available at all entrances, exits, and the end of book rows
- No food or drink will be permitted in the library
- Only cards will be accepted for payments, no cash
We understand that these measures may appear strict, but they are essential to comply with State Government health requirements, ensuring the safety of everyone in the community and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding and look forward to seeing you.
What is Click & Collect?
Click & Collect is a free service that allows you to request items from our collections for pickup ahead of time. You can order items using our online catalogue, using the Kingston Libraries mobile app, or by calling our team on 1300 135 668.
Once we have received your order:
- Our team will gather all available items *
- A notification will be sent to you via email or phone to advise you that your items are ready for collection
- You will have one week to collect your items
*You will be placed on a waiting list for any items not currently available on our shelves.
General Coronavirus Information
For specific up-to-date information or advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website. Their information is regularly updated and provides specific health and medical advice, including targeted information for:
Information about travel restrictions is on the Smartraveller website.
If you suspect you may have Coronavirus, please call the dedicated DHHS hotline on 1800 675 398.
Kingston Libraries Opening Hours
Normal Hours as of Monday 11 January
BRANCH MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Chelsea 10am to 8pm 10am to 9pm 1pm to 8pm 10am to 6pm 10am to 6pm 10am to 2pm 2pm to 5pm
Cheltenham 10am to 8pm 10am to 8pm 1pm to 8pm 10am to 6pm 10am to 6pm 10am to 2pm 2pm to 5pm
Clarinda 10am to 8pm 10am to 8pm 1pm to 8pm 10am to 6pm 10am to 6pm 10am to 3pm 2pm to 5pm
Dingley Village 9am to 12pm
9am to 12pm
2pm to 6pm 9am to 12pm
2pm to 6pm 2pm to 6pm
9am to 2pm
Parkdale 10am to 8pm 10am to 8pm 1pm to 8pm 10am to 6pm 10am to 6pm 10am to 2pm 2pm to 5pm
Patterson Lakes 10am to 5:30pm 2pm to 5:30pm 2pm to 5:30pm 2pm to 5:30pm 2pm to 5:30pm 10am to 1pm Closed
Westall 10am to 6pm 10am to 6pm 1pm to 6pm 10am to 6pm 10am to 6pm Closed
2pm to 5pm