Introduction of limited casual seating and return of newspapers

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Published: 14 September 2021

Casual seating

From 15 February 2021, Woollahra Libraries will commence the next phase of reopening by adding limited casual seating to the existing Browse & Borrow service across all three locations at Double Bay, Paddington and Watsons Bay. Limited numbers of marked casual seating spots will be available at each Library. You may bring drinks into the Library, but not food.

Hard copy newspapers will be available at all Woollahra Libraries. You may also access image editions of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph via the Library website. Links can be found under the Current Affairs subheading in the database section.

Woollahra Library at Double Bay will continue to require members to book Study Spots. There are 45 individual Study Spots on levels 2 and 3. The Group Study Rooms on level 3 may be booked using one member’s card and up to 3 people may study together.

One Group Study Room is also available at Paddington Library for up to 2 people to study together. Members may also study at the casual seating spots at Paddington.

Computer bookings are available but not required, and no longer need to take place at designated times. Walk-ups and guest passes have also been reintroduced. Call your preferred library or book online to make a computer booking up to a week in advance. Printing and scanning is available when you book a public access computer, and you can also print from your device.

Following changes to NSW Health guidelines and the easing of capacity restrictions, there has been an increase in the number of people allowed into each Library:

  • 244 people at Woollahra Library at Double Bay
  • 100 people at Paddington Library
  • 20 people at Watsons Bay Library

Check-in via the Service NSW app is still required for contact tracing. If you are unable to use the app or do not have a suitable device, staff will take your details and check you in manually.

Please continue to stay home if you are feeling unwell, and to practise social distancing when you visit the Library.

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