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COVID-19 UPDATE – Monday, 18 October 2021

In accordance with the NSW Government roadmap for reopening, we are pleased to welcome our community back to many of our Council facilities.

From Monday 18 October, the following will be in place.

Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure Centre

Council’s 50m outdoor pool is open for lap swimming, squad training and Aqua classes, with restrictions in place. Aqua classes will have a reduced timetable and class numbers.

The 17M and 25M indoor pools are open for lap swimming and gentle exercise only. No Aqua classes or recreational swimming. The leisure pool is closed. The gym is open.

Operating hours are:

  • 6am-11am & 2pm-7pm, Monday to Friday
  • 8am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday

On entry, a pre-paid online booking for swimming, Aqua classes and gym sessions, and proof of full COVID vaccination for ages 16 and over, is required. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or legal guardian aged 16 or over, who must also be swimming. No date/time changes allowed for any booking. For more information, including operating hours and how to book, see our Swimming page.

Galston Aquatic & Leisure Centre remains closed to the public in preparation for facility upgrades.

Hornsby Community Centres

Council’s community centres are available for regular hirer bookings.

One-off hires are also available, including for weddings and funerals.

All hirers must comply with the current Public Health Orders.

Capacity limits and other restrictions differ depending on the type of hire. See our Facilities & Venues page for details and to book.

Hornsby Shire Libraries

Pennant Hills, Galston and Berowra Libraries are open for loaning and returning, with reduced operating hours. Proof of full COVID vaccination for ages 16 and over will be required on entry. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or legal guardian aged 16 or over. See library opening hours here.

Hornsby Library is closed for ongoing refurbishment works. A date for reopening will be communicated as soon as it is confirmed.

Thornleigh Brickpit

The Thornleigh Brickpit is open for indoor casual recreation such as table tennis, badminton and basketball hoops/practice. Operating hours have returned to normal.

Group numbers are capped at 20, including spectators. Please note community sport, such as a game of basketball, is not yet permitted.

Proof of full COVID vaccination for ages 16 and over is required on entry. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or legal guardian aged 16 or over.

Bookings essential.

Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre

The Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre is open to all visitors, including those from other local government areas. See opening times and COVIDSafe conditions of entry.

All other services

Council is endeavouring to provide as many services in the field as possible, where they are in line with the Public Health Orders. Consequently, current inspections or assessments undertaken by our Council Officers will be contactless where possible.

These measures are to keep our community and our staff safe during this current outbreak but we are still here for you. Please be assured that we will respond to emergency callouts. And when we cannot respond face-face, we will endeavour to find a way to assist in a COVID-safe way wherever possible.

Our Customer Service Centre is closed to public access, but our team can be reached on 9847 6666 and online as usual and we will respond during normal business hours.

Many of our services are available online, including lodgement of Development Applications, and our Duty Planning Officer is available for enquiries on 9847 6760 (8.30am-5pm).

Further information on the current restrictions is available on the NSW Government website.

We are constantly monitoring this evolving situation and will keep you updated here, on Facebook and in our newsletters with any changes.

Hornsby Library Refurbishment

The refurbishment of Hornsby Library is underway and includes internal alterations and fit out to the existing library, minor external works and a business identification sign.

The construction company (Built Pty Limited) are undertaking the works, which will be completed in two stages.

During the refurbishment our collections, public computers, printing and photocopying will be moved to the centre of the library floor.

Hornsby Library – Update to Temporary closure

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the closure of Hornsby Library during the changeover between stages one and two has had to be extended. A date for reopening will be communicated as soon as it is confirmed. We are endeavouring to resume normal opening hours as soon as possible.

During the closure, the refurbishment of the library continues to the next exciting stage. Items can be renewed via the online catalogue, through the library app, or by contacting Pennant Hills Library on 9847 6100. Alternatively, they can be returned through the after-hours chute or at any Hornsby Shire Library branch.

We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to showing you stage one of the works very soon.


Due to space limitations during the refurbishment, limited public PCs and power points are available, however, we are unable to provide study space. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Hornsby Shire Library & Information Service has 4 libraries located throughout the shire. Membership is free and provides access to a wide range of services. To contact us, find out more about membership and the facilities, please see the sections below.