New Opening Hours for our Libraries

From Tuesday 2 April 2019, Bellingen Shire libraries at Bellingen, Urunga and Dorrigo will offer extended library opening hours during weekdays. These changes will enable greater access for library members and visitors and provide more consistency between library branches.

Both Bellingen and Urunga libraries will open at the earlier time of 10am from Tuesdays to Fridays, providing residents with earlier access. This change is a response to requests from many library members, particularly by people who shop early or drop their children at school. This change will also align the Bellingen and Urunga Library opening times with that of Dorrigo Library.

Another significant change will be the opening of the Bellingen Branch throughout the former lunch break closure on Thursdays and Fridays. This change will be welcomed by many Bellingen library users who have previously been required to leave the library during the staff’s mandatory lunch break. The Bellingen branch will therefore offer new uninterrupted open hours of 10am to 5.30pm from Tuesdays to Fridays.

Finally, minor changes to the Dorrigo Library hours will also apply with the removal of the late 5.30pm closure on Friday, taking the closing time back to 5pm, and remaining open instead of closing Wednesdays for the staff’s lunch break.

The new opening hours for each library service will be available to view on the Clarence Regional Library website under the Bellingen Shire Libraries tab from 2nd April onwards. They are summarised as follows:

Bellingen Library:

  • Closed on Monday
  • Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5.30pm
  • Open on Saturday from 9.30am to 12noon.

Dorrigo Library:

  • Closed on Monday
  • Open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 5pm
  • Open on Wednesday from 10am to 5pm
  • Open on Saturday from 9.30am to 12noon.

Urunga Library:

  • Closed on Monday
  • Open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 5pm
  • Open on Thursday and Friday from 10am to 12noon, and 1pm to 5pm
  • Open on Saturday from 9.30am to 12noon.

These changes are the result of a NSW State Library review for future planning and an internal service review of staffing and opening hours, and have been achieved with a minimal increase in operational costs.

For further information, contact the Shire Librarian Jill Haynes on 6655 1744.