Library branches within the Mareeba Shire Council have been closed until further notice, however a range of their books and resources are available online.
The new structure was launched last Monday to restrict the amount of physical contact through the library and with residents.
Residents who do not have access to the internet can still hire out books but under much stricter guidelines.
Library users can order their books online or by phone and then will be contacted by phone or email with a designated time to pick-up the items.
The controlled borrowing service is available at the Mareeba and Kuranda branches only. Dimbulah and Chillagoe Library users are encouraged to contact the Mareeba Library to discuss borrowing arrangements.
A council spokesperson has stated that the online service is safer for all involved.
“To assist library members during COVID-19 the library has purchased an extended range of popular eBook and eAudio titles which have unlimited customer access.
“Residents who are not currently members can join online (or by phone) to gain access to hundreds of online resources including movies, tutorials, eBooks and eAudiobooks.
“If anyone needs help accessing the online resources, our friendly staff are there to assist from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
”The service is currently offered to any residents who have a membership to the library but getting a membership is free and easy for anyone interested, Contact the Mareeba or Kuranda branches for more information.