A total of 44 of the county’s 45 libraries will be open and welcoming customers to browse the shelves and choose books by 28 September 2020.
Only Wingerworth Library will remain closed for the time being. The building is owned by the parish council and a phased reopening is planned, with other rooms opening for use first. The library will reopen when it is certain it can be used safely by customers and staff and that social distancing can be adhered to.
We had to temporarily close all our libraries and stop our mobile library service in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but started to roll out a phased reopening at the beginning of July, starting with the larger branches.
While customers can now browse the shelves at reopened libraries, use of computers must still be booked by contacting the library direct by phone.
Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis said:
“To be in a position where all but one of our libraries will shortly be reopened is fantastic news and I’m sure our library users across the county will really welcome this.
“We have opened the libraries in this phased way to ensure customer and staff safety, which is always our priority.
“We have looked at what has worked well and made sure this has been passed on as more libraries start to reopen, and this has made it a smooth, safe process, and with each library opening it’s felt like another step towards getting the service back to normal.”
Libraries set to reopen this week (7 September 2020) are Bakewell, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Clay Cross, Eckington, Newbold and Wirksworth.
Customers are asked to check to see when their local library will reopen its doors if it hasn’t already. Five more will open on 14 September 2020, 7 will open on 21 September 2020 and the remaining 12 will open on 28 September 2020.
People are being asked to return books they have borrowed on their next visit to their library, and the 3-week loan period will shortly be re-introduced.
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Customers using Whaley Bridge Library will have to book an appointment to visit due to the layout of the building, as numbers need to be limited at any one time to ensure people can adhere to social distancing guidelines. Plans are currently being worked on to re-start the mobile library service, and details on this will be announced shortly.