COVID-19: Updates

Last updated 3 December 2020

All Newcastle Libraries branches will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. Branches will close at noon Thursday 24 December 2020 and re-open Monday 4 January 2021. Find out more here.

Newcastle Libraries is operating a COVIDSafe service model, and our library branches are open and ready to welcome you.

Limited face to face programs for members, pop-up spaces and outdoor library events have recommenced and bookings are essential.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms you should stay at home, self-isolate and get tested.


If you live in or have visited any of the NSW local government areas (LGAs) or suburbs listed on the NSW Government website in the past two weeks, get tested even if you have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat. 


If you have been to Victoria recently get tested even if you have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat.

More information is available at

We currently have the following branches open for you:









Wallsend 9.30am – 8pm 9.30am – 8pm 9.30am – 8pm 9.30am – 8pm 9.30am – 6pm  9.30am – 2pm 1.30pm - 5pm


9.30am – 5pm 

9.30am – 8pm 

9.30am – 5pm 

9.30am – 8pm 

9.30am – 5pm 

9.30am – 1pm 



9.30am – 8pm 

9.30am – 8pm 

9.30am – 8pm 

9.30am – 8pm 

9.30am – 6pm 

9.30am – 2pm 


New Lambton 

9.30am – 8pm 

9.30am – 5pm 

9.30am – 8pm 

9.30am – 5pm 

9.30am – 5pm 

9.30am – 1pm 


Digital Library 8:30am – 5pm 8:30am – 1pm 8:30am – 5pm 8:30am – 5pm 8:30am – 5pm Closed Closed


9.30am – 5pm  closed  9.30am – 5pm  1pm – 5pm  closed  9.30am – 1pm Closed


9.30am – 5pm*  closed  9.30am – 5pm*  closed  closed  9.30am – 1pm Closed


closed  9.30am – 5pm  1pm – 5pm  closed  9.30am – 5pm 9.30am – 1pm Closed


closed  9.30am – 5pm*  closed  9.30am – 5pm* closed  9.30am – 1pm Closed

*closed for lunch 12.30pm - 1.30pm

We ask all members and visitors to help to keep our community safe from viruses, by:

  • Keeping a distance of 1.5m between you and other people
  • Cleaning your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
  • Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone with cold and flu-like symptoms
  • Staying at home if you are sick or have any flu-like symptoms

We also have our home library service - for the most vulnerable and marginalised in our community - along with a Call and Collect service available to all members. To access this service simply call 4974 5300 and request ‘Call and Collect’.

We appreciate your patience as we operate our COVIDSafe service model. We are taking considered measures to ensure we meet Public Health Order requirements, which includes adjustments to our services and preparing our spaces with additional safeguards. We welcome members and the general public to visit our open branches, while we continue to maintain attendance registers at these sites. 

Regular services will continue to be added, so please check back to this page for updates, or follow us on Facebook.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the library branches open?

Yes, all library branches are now open except for Lambton Library, which is currently closed for refurbishment.

The Lovett Gallery has re-launched with the Paul Jennings exhibition, on display until 7 December. 

The new Digital Library on Level 1 at 12 Stewart Avenue has also opened to the public and features a ‘grab and go’ collection of popular adult and kids titles, interactive digital storywall, magical story box, a programmable robot, 3D printer and much more.

Members can access an extensive range of digital programs, content and services online. Read more about the eLibrary.

Up-to-date visiting information can be found above or at

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What additional measures are in place as a result of COVID-19?
Can I return books at the returns chute?
Are the public programs still running?
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