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Libraries reopening

Our aim is to open all our 45 libraries as soon as we can and to do this we’ve been exploring a range of options in line with the latest government guidance so we can protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and customers.

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Library services that have reopened

The following library services have reopened and some branches are allowing public browsing. There is no need to book but you may need to wait because there are restrictions on the amount of borrowers allowed in at one time.

Some branches are operating a 'book and borrow’ appointment-only system to pick up books or use a computer. Please do not turn up without arranging an appointment at these libraries.

Also, when visiting a library you will be asked to wear a face covering, as you would in a shop, unless you are in one of the exempt groups.

Libraries open for browsing

The following libraries are open for browsing:

Libraries open for 'book and borrow'

You will need to make an appointment to visit the following libraries:

Home library service

The home library service has also re-started, although we are currently only delivering to people in their own home.

Libraries reopening shortly

We are planning for the following branches and services to open again over the coming weeks.

These re-openings are subject to change due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government guidance that we need to follow.

Browsing will be reintroduced in some of our libraries. We may still need to carry out individual site visits on some libraries, so it is always best to check in advance for the latest information about the library you intend to use.

Opening on 17 August 2020

Browsing restarts at Buxton, Heanor, and Long Eaton

Opening on 24 August 2020

Browsing restarts at Alfreton, Ashbourne, Bolsover, Glossop, Ilkeston, and Ripley

Opening on 7 September 2020

Opening on 14 September 2020

Opening on 21 September 2020

Opening on 28 September 2020

Library services after 10 August 2020

The following services will be available after Monday 10 August 2020.


  • Browsing will be available in some libraries.
  • No appointment will be necessary.
  • You may have to queue outside if the building is at capacity.
  • Initially, there will be a 15 minute dwell time per customer.
  • We will request details for track and trace.
  • Please use hand sanitiser on entering the library.
  • You will be asked to wear a face covering, as you would in a shop, unless you are in one of the exempt groups.
  • Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours.
  • Self-service will be in use where available.
  • Books currently out on loan will be automatically renewed until 30 September 2020 and no fines will be applied until after this date.

Using the public computers and photocopiers

  • Ring or email the reopened library if you want to book a computer.
  • You will be given a date and time to use the computer.
  • Only one person per computer will be permitted.
  • A maximum of 45 minutes per session will be allocated.
  • Staff assistance will be unavailable during this period.
  • Normal print charges will apply
  • photocopying will be available - normal charges will apply

Our digital service

Our free e-lending and online service will continue:

  • Provision of digital resources for adults and children (ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and e-newspapers)
  • Library Information Service (email and callback service to answer general enquiries, assistance with digital queries)
  • Derbyshire Parish registers access from home
  • ‘Libraries from home’: our pages with children’s resources, entertainment and culture, reminiscence resources, and digital and information) will continue to be updated
  • Derbyshire Libraries Facebook and Derbyshire Libraries Twitter events and activities:
    • current children's activities include: weekly storytimes, rhymetimes, activity club, family bookshare, ebook reviews
    • current adult activities include: monthly online reader and listening group, ebook and e-audio mini reviews, wellbeing activities (cookery, craft, gardening videos), reading promotions (for example: the Women's Prize), local history in pictures, digital support and information weekly posts

Services that we will keep under regular review

  • Reader groups
  • Computer one to one sessions
  • Use of meeting rooms, events and activities
  • Toilets and baby change
  • Newspapers
  • Donations including food bank drop-off points
  • Requests from other libraries
  • Study space

Further information

You can contact the Library Information Service tel: 01629 533444 and leave a message to receive a call-back from a member of the library service team. You can also email them at

Examples of how the service can help include:

  • help and advice on using a computer, tablet or smart phone
  • locating contact details for organisations and support
  • homework, hobbies and research
  • support to access ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-newspapers