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Update on COVID-19- The safety of our communities, customers and staff is our top priority. We are continuing to monitor daily developments in response to COVID-19. Find out the latest.

Libraries now open and COVID Safe

All Port Stephens Library branches are now open however due to current COVID-19 restrictions, all are operating with reduced hours and limited services.

Raymond Terrace and Tomaree Library branches are now open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Limited programs have recommenced under our COVID Safe Plan but restrictions on numbers attending apply.

  • Our current opening hours are 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
  • NSW Health have updated the COVID Safe Plan for libraries. We are now required to record the details of visitors for contact tracing purposes — supplying your contact details is a condition of entry and can be done by QR code registration. Customer contact details are kept securely by the library and destroyed after 28 days.
  • A limit of 65 customers are permitted in Raymond Terrace Library at any time. Customers may be required to queue before entry.
  • Internet computers are available for 1 hour and bookings are essential.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided at the library entrance.
  • Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times.
  • All children's programs, activities and events remain suspended until further notice however online Storytime and Read and Rhyme will continue.
  • Book discussion groups and Movies @ Your Library will resume from 1 September 2020.
  • The Homebound Delivery and Call & Collect Service from Raymond Terrace Library will continue. To use Call and Collect, simply phone 4988 0111 from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and tell us what type of items you enjoy. Staff will select, clean and bundle your loan, then call you when it’s ready for collection.
  • The After Hours Return Chute will remain open 24 hours 7 days a week.
  • Returned items are quarantined before being checked in. Items may still appear on a customer’s record for up to 3 days after they have been returned.
Tomaree Library
  • Our current opening hours are 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
  • NSW Health have updated the COVID Safe Plan for libraries. We are now required to record the details of visitors for contact tracing purposes — supplying your contact details is a condition of entry and can be done by QR code registration. Customer contact details are kept securely by the library and destroyed after 28 days.
  • A limit of 65 customers are permitted in Tomaree Library at any time. Customers may be required to queue before entry
  • Internet computers are available for 1 hour and bookings are essential.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided at the library entrance.
  • Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times.
  • Study rooms are available at Tomaree Library with social distancing measures required.
  • All children's programs, activities and events remain suspended until further notice however online Storytime and Read and Rhyme will continue.
  • Book discussion groups and Movies @ Your Library will resume from 1 September 2020.
  • The Homebound Delivery and Call & Collect Service from Tomaree Library will continue. To use Call and Collect, simply phone 4988 0670 from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and tell us what type of items you enjoy. Staff will select, clean and bundle your loan, then call you when it’s ready for collection.
  • The After Hours Return Chute will remain open 24 hours 7 days a week.
  • Returned items are quarantined before being checked in. Items may still appear on a customer’s record for up to 3 days after they have been returned.
Tomaree Community Centre
  • Tomaree Community Centre has reopened — we're now taking bookings for meeting rooms and auditoriums. It is a condition of hire that users adhere to COVID Safe guidelines. For more information or to make a booking, please call 4988 0670.
  • Our current opening hours are 10am to 12 midday, Monday to Friday.
  • NSW Health have updated the COVID Safe Plan for libraries. We are now required to record the details of visitors for contact tracing purposes — supplying your contact details is a condition of entry. Customer contact details are kept securely by the library and destroyed after 28 days.
  • A limit of 6 customers are permitted in Tilligerry Community Library at any time. Customers may be required to queue before entry.
  • Internet computers are available for 1 hour. Technical assistance is available on Thursdays only and bookings are essential.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided at the library entrance.
  • Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times.
  • Returned items are quarantined before being checked in.

The Mobile Library is now open with an interim timetable until December 2020.

Stops have been suspended at Fern Bay, Anna Bay, Seaham and Nelson Bay Polyclinic. We apologise for any inconvenience and suggest customers affected by these changes contact the Mobile Library on 4988 0111 to speak with staff, who will be happy to provide alternate service delivery options.

Please note:

  • NSW Health have updated the COVID Safe Plan for libraries. We are now required to record the details of visitors for contact tracing purposes — supplying your contact details is a condition of entry. Customer contact details are kept securely by the library and destroyed after 28 days.
  • A limit of 4 customers are permitted in The Mobile Library at any time. Customers may be required to queue before entry.
  • A maximum of 15 minutes per visit is permitted.
  • Internet computers are available for 15 minutes.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided at the library entrance.
  • Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times.
  • Returned items are quarantined before being checked in. Items may still appear on a customer’s record for up to 3 days after they have been returned.

Christmas closing hours

Raymond Terrace and Tomaree Library
  • Open: Thursday 24 December 2020 9am to 2pm
  • Closed: 25 December to 3 January 2021 inclusive
  • Re-open: Monday 4 January 2021 from 9am
Mobile Library
  • Closed: 19 December 2020 to 10 January 2021 inclusive
Tilligerry Community Library
  • Closed: 12 midday Friday 18 December 2020
  • Re-open: 10am Monday 18 January

Loan periods will be extended to cover items due while the library is closed.

Returns will not be accepted during the Christmas/New Year closure period from 2pm on 24 December to 3 January inclusive as the after hours return chute will be unavailable for use.

For safety and security reasons, please do not leave items outside the library building.  Any loss or damage to items will remain the responsibility of the borrower.