Forster Library Closure

Published on 27 March 2023

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UPDATE Friday 31 March 2023: 

Forster Library staff, trades staff, contractors and the Library collections crew have worked to repair damage to Forster Library. The doors will reopen from Saturday 1 April 2023 for normal operations.

Monday 27 March 2023:

Forster Library is temporarily closed due to significant water damage sustained during the storm on Saturday 25 March.

MidCoast Council and Library staff have begun repairing the site. The repair works are expected to take approximately one week to complete due to the large amount of damage and further wet weather predicted.

“We are disheartened to say that a significant amount of library stock has been severely water damaged. At first assessment we anticipate thousands of dollars’ worth of non-fiction books have been soaked like sponges,” said Alex Mills Manager Libraries and Community Services.

Temporary library service arrangements are in place whilst the library is closed. A Pop-Up Forster Library Service will operate from 10am to 1pm Tuesday to Saturday in the MidCoast Assist Ageing Services lobby. Staff will be available to assist customers to make and collect Holds, access a Click and Collect service, and browse new books.

“The library team is extremely grateful to the MidCoast Assist team for opening up their doors at short notice,” said Mr Mills.

“We appreciate the community’s support at this time.”

Specific item reservations and requests for the Click and Collect service can be made online, or by calling the library on 7955 7001.

Library customers can return items to the Forster Library after hours return chute 24 hours a day.

MidCoast Assist will host the regular Tuesday’s children’s programs at the Pop-Up Library location. Families who normally attend the Wednesday session are invited to join the Tuesday session.

All Forster Library programs for Wednesday through to Saturday will be postponed or moved to another branch.

Please check the Library’s website for further updates: