Ballarat Libraries

Find out about the library services in the City of Ballarat

Front entrance of Ballarat Library

Opening hours for our libraries

Ballarat Libraries are enacting the business continuity plan at all branch locations to limit staff exposure during the current COVID-19 outbreak and to minimise the risks to library service delivery across the city.

  • Opening hours at all branch locations will be Monday to Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 9:30am – 12pm; Sunday closed effective 6 January 2022
  • Libraries After Dark at Sebastopol Library will operate each Thursday 5pm-9pm, with programs offered online where possible.
  • All in person programs at all locations are suspended, including School Holiday Programs. Alternatives will be offered online where possible.
  • No change to conditions of entry for the public.
  • Click and collect will remain available during advertised opening hours, for those unable to enter the library buildings.
  • Outreach services remain suspended.
  • Library patrons are encouraged to check the library website for service updates: www.centralhighlandslibraries.org.au
  • This situation will be reviewed in line with the current health advice and City of Ballarat protocols.

See more on the current restrictions affecting City of Ballarat services.

Branch and program updates

Home Library Service
A limited service will continue. Not taking new clients at this stage.

Vaccine Certificate Help 
The library can provide assistance for people that are vaccinated and need to access their certificate by phoning 5338 6850. 

Outreach service
Remains closed until further notice.

Early years and adult programs 
Our programs are running again. Please keep an eye on the library website and Facebook page for details.

Storytime
Storytime is running on Zoom each Thursday at 10.30am. Book a spot for storytime on the Library's website.

Libraries After Dark
The Sebastopol Library is open every Thursday from 5pm until 9pm. Please check the library website and Facebook page for details of programs.

Technology Q&As
Sessions have started at all libraries and bookings are required. You can book Technology Q&As online, over the phone or in person at the library.

COVID-19 restrictions and changes

Customers are asked to keep 1.5m physical distance while at the libraries. Density limits may apply to some areas.

We ask that you keep good hand hygiene by using the sanitiser in each library.

For Victorian Government contract tracing conditions, you will need to register your visit and contact details when you arrive. This is a condition of entry; no registration, no entry. Your details will only be used for contact tracing if a COVID-19 case is recorded and matches your visit to library.

Under Victorian Government guidelines, only people that can show proof of being double vaccinated are permitted to enter our libraries, people that are unvaccinated or still to receive their second vaccination may access the library using click and collect or Book Tailor service. \Book Tailor can be accessed through the library website.

Following Victorian Government advice, we are cleaning high touch surfaces regularly.

Newspapers are not available at the moment on advice from the Department of Health and Human Services to protect public health and safety. We have newspapers available through Press Reader on the Library website.

We have public computers available at Ballarat, Wendouree and Sebastopol Libraries. You can pre-book a computer for a time that suits you.

Photocopying is available at all libraries. Scanning is available at Ballarat Library. Fees and charges apply. Our library staff will photocopy for you for health and safety reasons. 

Library items can be returned at any time. Library return chutes are open at all branches.

Contact us

For more information contact the Ballarat Library on 5338 6850 or library@centralhighlandslibraries.org.au

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