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Summer Time - Inter-Semester Opening Hours

Starting on Friday, 19th November 2021, JCU Libraries switch over to our Summer Opening Hours.

During Summer, our Australian Campus libraries are open for the following hours:

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Bebegu Yumba Campus (Townsville) 

  • Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (until 12pm, Friday, 24 December 2021)
  • Saturday 1pm-5pm (until 5pm, Saturday, 11 December 2021)
  • Sunday 1pm-5pm (until 5pm, Sunday 5 December 2021)
24 hour Information Commons will remain open until 12pm, 24 December 2021 and will reopen at 8am, 4 January 2022.

The Cairns Library on the Nguma-bada Campus

Library Services:
  • Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (until 12pm, Friday, 24 December 2021)
  • Saturday-Sunday closed
Library Building:
  • Monday-Sunday 7.30am-10pm (until 12pm, Friday. 24 December 2021)

Campus Closure 

JCU Australian Campus closure will take effect from 12pm on Friday, 24 December 2021 until Tuesday, 4 January 2022. During this time, Information Commons in Townsville will also be closed. Please click here to view all current Library Opening Hours information.


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