LIBRARIES across the Riverina are set to reopen on Monday week in line with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's decision to permit them to run again from June 1.
Albury, Lavington and other libraries have been shut since late March due to coronavirus concerns.
Albury Council chief executive Frank Zaknich said health rules for the libraries and the MAMA gallery were being scrutinised.
"We're working towards reopening our libraries and museums as soon as practically possible, in line with the strict health regulations set down by NSW Government authorities," Mr Zaknich said.
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"Council looks forward to welcoming back library and museum customers when all health measures have been put into place to minimise any risk to our community."
Numbers of patrons in libraries will be capped in line with a requirement to have one person per four square metres.
Greater Hume council general manager Steve Pinnuck said his shire's offices would re-open to the public on Monday and libraries at Holbrook, Culcairn, Henty and Jindera would operate from June 1.
He said exact health protocols were being finalised but he expected there may be restricted computer access.
Riverina Regional Library executive director Robert Knight, who oversees book hubs in Federation Shire as well as other parts of the region, said seating areas would be rejigged and sanitiser set up.
"The main message is that libraries are open but we've been asked to provide safe spaces where they circulate within social distance requirements," Mr Knight said.
Berrigan Shire chief Rowan Perkins said his libraries, which are not in the Riverina Regional Library, would open from the week of June 1.
"A lot (of people) will be pretty happy when they open but we're not getting any pushback about it," Mr Perkins said.
Mr Pinnuck said Holbrook's submarine museum and visitor information centre may not re-open on June 1, with spacing measures needing some consideration.
However, he said a council caravan park at Culcairn would be open on June 1, as would primitive camping sites at Burrumbuttock, Henty, Jindera and Walbundrie.
Albury RSL sub-branch president and councillor Graham Docksey said security cameras were operating, with the footage monitored from the city's council office.
The only aspect of the revamp still to be done is the installation of plaques around the base of the memorial.
They are due to be added in July after being imported.