In response to the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 announcement placing restrictions on non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 or more people, the City of West Torrens has made the difficult decision to close a number of public facilities, including the Hamra Centre Library. We have also cancelled the Mobile Library service. Both of these facilities will be unavailable until further notice.
We are deeply disappointed that we have had to close these services and cancel programs and events. Our priority is the well-being of our community and we are working with health services and other agencies to keep the local community safe. We will provide updates as circumstances change.
The good news
As Benjamin Franklin said: 'Out of adversity comes opportunity' and, as such, we're looking at ways we can still provide services to our community. We are trialling a couple of new ideas and, if they are successful, they may become part of our everyday service in the future.
Library services that we will be offering include:
- 'Click, Call and Collect' service
Place items on hold* via the Libraries SA app, or reserve items online, and, once you've been notified that they are available, call us on 8416 6228 to organise a time to collect your items from the Hamra Centre Library. We even have a drive through option!
*Please note: placing holds on some items may not be possible. Due to the Police Commissioner's direction, changes have been made to how customers can access library physical collections and so in most circumstances, you will no longer be able to place holds on items held by libraries other than your 'home' library, e.g. if West Torrens is your 'home' library you will only be able to place holds on West Torrens items. If you are having difficulties placing holds, or if you don't have the Libraries SA app, or cannot reserve items online, please call us on 8416 6228.
- Themed book packages
Call us and our staff will put together a selection of books based upon your chosen theme - eg children's books, crime fiction, youth fiction etc. Once your collection is ready we will notify you and you can collect them.
- Online live Baby Time, Toddler Time and Story Time sessions.
To view these check out our Facebook page.
- Home Library service for those who are isolated and vulnerable.
Call us to see if you are eligible.
We'll also be investigating other options for online social interaction.
Of course, our other online services will be available as usual. These include:
The Hamra Centre Library can be contacted direct on 8416 6228 during usual Library hours:
- Sunday 1pm - 4pm
- Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am - 6pm
- Wednesday 8am - 6pm
- Thursday 10am - 8pm (Thursday 2/4/20: phone assistance only available between 6pm-8pm; we regret our 'Click, Call and Collect' service will be unavailable during this time)
- Saturday 10am - 4pm
- Closed public holidays (please note we are closed all four days of Easter)
These opening hours are subject to change without notice. Please check our website regularly, as well as our Facebook page.