Book borrowing and browsing, computers/printing/photocopying and book sales have returned! Any items you touch but decide not to take out will be quarantined for 72 hours. We have lots of sanitiser and can’t wait to welcome you back!
The library has been re-opening in stages, putting the safety of customers, volunteers and staff at the forefront all the way.
We re-opened after lockdown, on Monday 13 July. A one-way system was put in place, whereby customers enter by the usual front entrance but leave through the garden. Social distancing was observed throughout, and sanitiser provided on entry.
Customers were invited to phone us on 01609 534059 during our new opening hours to borrow items or book a computer. They could also email firstname.lastname@example.org
We operated a Select and Collect service whereby customers could select books from the online catalogue, checking that they are available in our library or tell us the kind of book/dvd they liked. A volunteer then hand-picked a selection meeting the request, and arranged a convenient time for collection. Books could also be returned and would go into quarantine for at least 72 hours.
We are now in Phase 3 of re-opening. All of the above arrangements can still be accommodated but now customers may browse the bookshelves, as above, and reservations have returned. On arrival in the library a customer wishing to browse will be given a plastic basket in which to put all the items they touch. They should then issue the books they wish to take home, using the self-service machine facing the non-fiction section, and leave the basket with unwanted books for us to quarantine. The basket will be sanitised and returned to the entrance. The maximum number of 8 allowed to browse at any one time includes a whole family who may have the Children’s Area to themselves for 20 minutes. Books can be taken out for up to 3 weeks and no fines are being charged for the time being.
Book Sales have returned, both inside the library and in the garden. Non-Fiction titles are now sited just inside the entrance, to the left and include many cookery and gardening books, biographies, health and well-being and other titles.
The Home Library will be run by our Supervisor, Jacquie Cole, who is contacting customers. Deliveries will recommence in the week beginning 7 September.
IT – The IT area is open with 5 computers available for customers. There is no need to book in advance any more. Printing and photocopying are also available as well as laminating in A5, A4 and A3 sizes.
Library garden – The garden is open and available for people to enjoy during opening hours. Social distancing will be maintained.
Temporary Opening Hours
Mondays 10am – 2pm
Wednesdays 10am – 2pm
Fridays 10am – 2pm
Saturdays 10am – 1pm (from Saturday 29 August)
The public toilet will re-open on Monday 14 September along with cash payments through the tills so change will once again be given. It has not yet been decided when the coffee machine and seating inside the library will return.
During this staged opening period, no charges will be made to avoid cash transactions. However, DONATIONS WILL BE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED. Please remember, we are self-funding. Every penny counts!
Further information about the extension of opening hours and services will be provided in due course. We thank you for your co-operation in these difficult times.