The local community will be able to start borrowing books from the Bathurst Library again after a new Call and Collect service was launched on Monday, May 4.
Members will have to call the library on 6333 6281 between 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday to arrange to pick up a bundle of books, audiobooks, DVDs or magazines that staff will select based on member's preferences.
Bundles will be available for pick-up at a no-contact collection point in the library foyer from 12-4pm the following business day, while members will need to bring identification.
Library services manager Patou Clerc said books are currently being quarantined, that is they are left alone for four days to make sure all traces of potential germs and viruses have cleared up.
"I suspect we will be doing this for a while, until someone can guarantee the virus can't spread on books," she said.
"We don't know what the future is going to look like, but getting the books to people in a safe manner will be our focus for the next few months."
Book loans have also been extended from four weeks to eight weeks, while the book return shoot is now open 24-7 and members are encouraged to drop books off there instead of coming into the library to do so.