Illawarra councils to close libraries, galleries, customer service desks

Kate McIlwain
By Kate McIlwain
Updated March 23 2020 - 9:35pm, first published 6:00am
Social no more: More than a book outlet, the Illawarra's libraries are a social hub for older and vulnerable people. However, the COVID-19 safety risk now outweighs their benefits.

The Illawarra's public libraries will be closed until further notice, as the fight to keep COVID-19 from spreading further becomes more urgent.


Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain


For the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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