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March 24, 2020 - Cassowary Coast libraries and Bush Telegraph closed


  • Cassowary Coast library buildings and Cardwell Bush Telegraph museum closed
  • eLibrary services to continue
  • Current loans extended to be due 1 May 2020
  • After hours chute open 24 hours
  • Pre polling at Innisfail and Cardwell libraries to continue

Due to the latest COVID-19 advice from the Prime Minister about heightened concerns around public gatherings, Council advises as of today Cassowary Coast library buildings will be closed to the public with external borrowing facilities available until further notice.

The Cardwell Bush Telegraph museum will also close.

This decision to immediately close the buildings without notice has been made by the CCRC Pandemic Committee to avoid a potentially harmful public rush which has occurred in other parts of the country, and to protect the health and wellbeing of the community and library staff.

While the libraries are closed to the public it’s requested that residents utilise the Online Library Catalogue which allows users to search and reserve items for loan remotely, with considerations currently under way as to how book exchanges will be facilitated. 

Current loans are extended to be due 1 May 2020 and library after-hours book return chutes will be open 24 hours.

Cassowary Coast librarians will be available via phone on 1300 366 616.

As an alternative to book loans, Cassowary Coast Libraries also reminds residents of eLibrary which offers a 24/7 digital library service allowing members to borrow from a huge range of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and movies.  This service offers an incredible array of titles across each service and can be downloaded to any computer or mobile device.

Residents of the Cassowary Coast who are not already members of the library but seeking to join are encouraged to do so via the library website.

On behalf of the Electoral Commission of Queensland, pre polling for the local government election will continue as planned at the Innisfail and Cardwell Libraries with wheelchair access to Innisfail Library at the rear of the building.  All enquiries regarding the election should be directed to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

Council reminds residents that enquiries with its customer service should be conducted over the phone (1300 763 903), via email or online wherever possible.