Ipswich Libraries expand borrowing limits in response to COVID-19

You can now borrow up to 50 items from Ipswich Libraries and have them out for up to eight weeks, as part of temporary changes in response to COVID-19.

All library branches are still open, however the MakerSpaces are closed and some programs have been cancelled to ensure the safety of the community.

Council’s Community Cultural Economic Development General Manager, Ben Pole, said the temporary changes to loan terms would help support the community.

“The increase to borrowing limits to 50 items and extended loan times will help ease the burden on families who are practicing social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus,” Mr Pole said.

“Extra precautions are also being taken in library branches, with hand sanitiser available and extra cleaning of surfaces.”

“Ipswich Libraries remains committed to providing services to the community and we are continually reviewing programs to ensure social distancing measures can be applied,” Mr Pole said.

You can also access a wide range of Ipswich Libraries’ digital resources online, including books, audiobooks, movies, magazines and newspapers.

Library staff are more than happy to help customers navigate the online resources or you can explore yourself online at

All upcoming First 5 Forever outreach Story Times and Pop Up Libraries have been cancelled until further notice.

This includes:

Story Time at Winston Glades – Thursday 19 March
Toddler and Tales at Booval Fair – Friday 20 March
Story Time at Bunnings Springfield – Tuesday 24 March
Dive Into Books at Bundamba Swim Centre – Wednesday 25 March
Library Adventure Morning – Wednesday 1 April

Follow the Ipswich Libraries Facebook page for the latest information on cancellations or changes to events.

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