An Albury home library service for vulnerable people has not been stopped by Monday's reopening of facilities as coronavirus restrictions eased.
Albury Library Museum team leader Carina Clement said staff members had been telephoning older library patrons during the pandemic closure to provide care and conversations.
"We've been ringing them and asking them how they're going, do they need help to access the online resources or would they like a delivery of books," she said.
"We're so important for people who don't have technology access, who love their reading material.
"We've delivered to about 100 patrons and we're continuing that service at this time."
Ten people were waiting, and others soon arrived, when the central Albury building opened to the public at 10am Monday for the first time in more than two months.
Patrons lined up in the foyer at a social distance, sanitised their hands and provided contact details before entering the main space.
Ms Clement said the Library Museum would be limited to a capacity of 100 people and some aspects, such as children's story time and daily newspapers, had not yet returned.
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"We're really offering our core services of borrowing and returning," she said.
"We want to provide a really safe environment both for our customers, our visitors, and for our staff.
"I think people will be cautious, we've obviously got lots of signs up, we're asking people to minimise handling of the books on the shelves, not to come into the facility if they feel unwell, all those kinds of things to maintain social distance."
During the public closure, the library had focused on online loans, e-books, audio books and virtual exhibition tours.
"But it's been strange, we're just so pleased that we're open now to the community," Ms Clement said.
Returned books will be quarantined for 24 hours and sanitised before going back on the shelves and all overdue fines have been waived for now.
For Monash University student Hannah Lippiatt, of Albury, the library's reopening offered an alternative place to study, which she had been doing online at home since March.
"I was getting a bit like cabin fever, really, I just wanted to get out of the house so it gives me an excuse while I'm doing what I need to do," she said.
The first year science student had just started her course in Melbourne when the COVID-19 restrictions hit.
"I had one class in person and then afterwards they told us they were shutting down the uni," she said.
Ms Lippiatt hoped her campus would gradually open up next semester.