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Tauranga City Libraries has extended the due date for 74,000 items loaned before lockdown.

Libraries around the city reopened on Wednesday this week, albeit with new safety measures in place to protect staff and visitors.

Tauranga City Council general manager for community services Gareth Wallis says they have implemented contact tracing, physical distancing measures, and the libraries will also be thoroughly cleaned three times a day. Staff will also be sanitising equipment on a regular basis.

“Unfortunately, some toys and furniture will also be removed and there will be no public computers, printing or photocopying for the first two weeks.”

The Research Collections and Nga Wahi Rangihau on first floor of Tauranga Library will also remain closed.

For those concerned about overdue fees, Gareth wants to reassure people that there will be no overdue charges for items due during the lockdown.

“To avoid people returning all their books at once, we have extended the due date to 30 June, 2020.”

Members can pre-order items by placing them on hold through the online catalogue or by calling staff on: 07 577 7177.

Opening hours will be 9.30am – 3.30pm seven days a week for the first two weeks and normal hours will resume on Thursday, June 4.

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