You can watch a short video of what to expect when our libraries reopen on Monday 25 May.
We are taking a staged approach to opening.
We are now at stage 2.
From Monday 25 May we will be open to patrons with restrictions from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. (These hours are temporary until we can safely open with our normal hours).
Te Awamutu Museum will be open from Monday 25 May with restrictions in place.
Council offices are open under restrictions.
Council offices are open with restrictions in place.
No events or programmes are currently being held witin the libraries.
Online events and virtual programmes are currently on offer.
For more information about these events click here.
Where possible we will do what we can to extend due dates to ensure people do not get overdue fines. We will do our best to make sure no one is penalised.
We will contact you when your items are ready.
Click and collect is still available even though we are open.
Numbers will be restricted in both libraries and both will operate on a one in one out basis once maximum numbers are reached.
Decals will be on the footpaths outside to ensure physical distancing prior to entry.
Sanitiser will be available at entry and you will be asked to sanitise your hands before coming in.
You will be asked to complete a contact tracing register prior to entry.
Decals will be on the floors near the counters to ensure physical distancing prior to check out.
Screens will be in place at the check out desks.
Time spent in the library will be minimised. There will be no chairs available for regular seating.
Desks and equipment will be regularly wiped down.
Patrons are asked to bring all items they have been in contact with to the counter, even if they no longer wish to take them out.
Items will be quarantined for 72 hours prior to returning to the shelves.
No papers or magazines will be available at this time.
When returning library books, residents should keep at least 2 metres distance between themselves and others. Returns are being accepted through the after hours return slots only.
All items returned will be quarantined for 72 hours to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
All children will need to be accompanied by a suitable adult or caregiver and the same time limit restrictions will apply.
No games, toys, puzzles, desks or seating will be available in the children's areas.
Normal charging for eResources resumed on Monday 25 May.
Online databases are provided free and are available 24/7.
No public access terminals will be available at this time.
Catalogue computers at the front of the library only will be available to search for items.
Posted on 25 May 2020
After being closed for nine weeks our Waipā District Council’s libraries are now open (from Monday 25 May).
It has been a busy time for staff during the closure. As well as cataloguing and processing numerous new books, staff have been able to stocktake each of our collections.
While we will be open to patrons, our top priority is to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff so we ask that you work with us and adhere to restrictions which will be in place.