Libraries and coronavirus

Local libraries are now operating temporary opening times and offering restricted services.   

If you visit your library you will: 

  • need to wear a face covering unless you have a legitimate reason not to
  • provide your contact details and record the time that you enter and leave as part of NHS Test and Trace system.  This record will be kept for 21 days and then deleted

Safety measures in every library include:

  • instruction around social distancing measures
  • hand sanitisation stations
  • signs to manage the flow of customers
  • limiting the number of customers inside the building at any one time

Other changes:  

  • if possible, use the self-service station when checking out an item.  Where this is not possible, library counters have been fitted with screens
  • use card payments where possible
  • returned items will be quarantined before they go back out on the shelves
  • public computers and Wifi:  time will be limited and cleaning materials provided to keep these spaces and equipment sanitised
  • scanning, printing and photocopying facilities are still available
  • library counters can provide information if you need support with council services
  • public toilets, seating and study areas, children’s areas and meeting rooms will not be in use
  • newspapers and magazines will be unavailable
  • regular events are not running,  but there may be some live digital events
  • book donations cannot be accepted at present
  • sales of books or other items have been suspended 
  • the reservation service is now available, except for interlibrary loan requests, SELMS reservations or suggestions for purchase

Automated renewal line:  0303 123 0035

Home library service:  

Tel:  01494 475 573


More facilities and services will be reintroduced when it is safe to do so, so keep checking!