The staff at Cessnock City Libraries have loved welcoming back their customers since the doors reopened earlier this month - with social distancing measures in place, of course.
Members can now visit Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries and select and borrow their own items, but still have the option to utilise the 'Call and Collect' service that was offered while the libraries were closed.
Call and Collect is available at both libraries. Simply call Cessnock (4993 4399) or Kurri Kurri (4937 1638) Library and the friendly staff will help you select the items you need; clean, prepare and bundle your loan, and have it ready for you to collect at your nominated time (BYO bag).
Cessnock City Council's library services coordinator, Rose-marie Walters said it was wonderful to see their loyal customers starting to come back into the libraries.
"While the libraries were closed we still had thousands of eBranch items borrowed, hundreds of items delivered and collected and thousands of views of our virtual Storytime and talks on Facebook, but there's nothing quite like face-to-face contact," Ms Walters said.
"We have had many people calling to see if we're open, so we really want to get the message out there that we're back and ready to welcome both current and new members."
If you're not a member, or can't make it into town, visit libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au and join the eBranch, which gives you access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMags and eFilms; millions of songs to download for free in the eMusic library - and much more.
Meanwhile, council's administration building, waste management centre, community halls, Cessnock Civic Indoor Sports Centre and Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre have also reopened, with strict social distancing measures in place.
Face-to-face programming has resumed at Cessnock Youth Centre and Outreach Service (CYCOS), including weekly art classes on Wednesdays, with more programs to launch in the coming weeks.