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Published: 6 October 2020

From 7 October 2020, Woollahra Libraries commenced the next phase of reopening with a limited Browse and Borrow service across all three locations at Double Bay, Paddington and Watsons Bay.

Bookable study spots are available at Woollahra Library at Double Bay and Paddington. Bookable computers are available at all three libraries.

Please bring your library card, or join on arrival to come into our libraries to browse the collection and borrow items at the self-checkout kiosks. To sign up for membership you will need to bring ID with proof of address; this is part of our contact tracing procedure.

While no appointment time is required, continued social distancing requires a maximum number of people allowed in the library at any one time so there may be queuing. Following the health guidelines, capacities at each library are 140 people at Double Bay, 50 people at Paddington and 10 at Watsons Bay.

For the safety of the community, we encourage customers to leave the Library once they have finished browsing and borrowing. The only seating provided is for booked computer use and booked study space.

Study Spot Bookings

  • Library members can book one of 32 study spots at Woollahra Library at Double Bay on Level 3, or one of the 6 red pods on Level 2. There are also 4 study spots available at Paddington Library.
  • Bookings are for a maximum of 3 hours per session.
  • Book online or call your preferred library to book a study spot at the following times:
    • Double Bay (ph: 9391 7100)
      Weekdays: 9:30am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
      Weekends: 10:00am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Paddington (ph: 9391 7988)
      Weekdays (except Wednesdays): 9:30am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
      Wednesdays: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
      Weekends: 10:00am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Members may book one session per day themselves. All members must vacate their study spot at the end of the session for enhanced cleaning to take place; you may come back at the beginning of the next session and staff will rebook you, if there is capacity.
  • Bookings can be made for up to 7 days in advance.
  • Bookings will be cancelled after 30 minutes if you do not turn up.

Public Access Computer Bookings

  • There are 6 PCs & 2 Macs available at Woollahra Library at Double Bay, 4 PCs & 1 Mac at Paddington Library and 1 PC at Watsons Bay Library.
  • Bookings can be made for up to 7 days in advance.
  • Book online or call your preferred library to book a computer at the following times:
    • Double Bay (ph: 9391 7100)
      Weekdays: 9:30am – 11:30am, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
      Weekends: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, 3:00pm – 3:45pm
      There are 2 PCs on Level 3 which may be booked for 3 hours, at the same time as the study spot bookings.
    • Paddington (ph: 9391 7988)
      Weekdays (except Wednesdays): 9:30am – 11:30pm, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, 5:00pm – 5:45pm
      Wednesdays: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
      Weekends: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    • Watsons Bay (ph: 9391 7999)
      Monday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
      Tuesday: 9:30am – 11:30am, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
      Wednesday: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 4:30pm,  5:00pm – 7:00pm
      Thursday: 9:30am – 11:30am, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
      Friday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Important points to remember

  • To book a computer or study spot, you will need to bring your library card or join on arrival (with proof of address)
  • Do not come to the Library if you are feeling unwell
  • All visitors must practise social distancing
  • Only directional assistance can be provided by Library staff
  • No food or drink is to be brought into the Library, other than bottled water
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation will be undertaken regularly

Please see FAQ's for additional information that may be of help.

Hours of operation

Woollahra Library at Double Bay (02) 9391 7100

Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 8:00pm

Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Paddington (02) 9391 7988

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am – 6.00pm

Wednesday: 12:00pm – 8.00pm

Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Watsons Bay (02) 9391 7999

Monday, Friday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Tuesday, Thursday: 9.30am – 5.00pm

Wednesday: 12:00pm – 7.00pm

Saturday, Sunday: closed

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