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Library updates

There will be a phased approach to the reintroduction of library services following the lifting of government restrictions. Our libraries are open for the services outlined on this page for their usual opening hours.

As we develop our plans to reopen our library services further, we'll make the details available here.

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Our current services

Our libraries are open for the following:

Services currently unavailable

Visiting a library

No appointment is necessary and there are no restrictions on dwell time.

If you'd like to provide your details for Test, Trace and Isolate you can scan the QR code displayed near the entrance or give your details to a member of staff.

You are asked to use a hand sanitiser on entering the library, and we encourage you to wear a face covering, as per government advice, unless you are in one of the exempt groups.

Health and safety measures are in place to ensure the safety of our staff and customers and we encourage you to maintain social distancing.

Browsing, borrowing and returning books

Self-service will be in use if available, and items should be issued in this way where possible.

Customers can borrow up to 24 items as usual. Books will be issued for the standard 3 week period, and the usual charges will apply.

Local history and reference materials are available for customers to use. Microfilm and microfiche machines are available where practically possible with no need to pre-book.

Computer use, printing and photocopying

Computers are available to use on a pre-booked basis. Please contact the library you want to visit to arrange a 45 minute slot.

Printing facilities are available for the usual charges.

Photocopying facilities are available for the usual charges, and no appointment is necessary.

Computers and workstations will be cleaned between each use. The free library wifi can be accessed by customers using their own devices.

Our digital service

Our free e-lending and online service is continuing:

Services that we're keeping under regular review

The following services are currently closed but we're reviewing when they will open again in line with local and national guidelines:

  • reader groups meeting in the library
  • computer one-to-one sessions
  • in person local studies support
  • use of meeting rooms, events and activities
  • toilets and baby change
  • newspapers
  • donations including food bank drop-off points
  • volunteering opportunities

Further information

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

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