Visiting a library during COVID-19

For information about your local library’s opening hours, visit our 'Information about your local library' webpage.

If you would prefer not to visit a library in person you can use our eLibrary to borrow books, magazines and newspapers online

Face coverings

While infection levels are still high we are opening with caution to maintain the safety of all our visitors and staff.

To minimise the risk from mixing indoors and in line with government guidance, from Friday 10 December a face covering must be worn when visiting a library unless you are exempt.

You should not visit if you feel unwell or are self-isolating.

We have kept these safety measures in every library:

  • hand sanitisation stations
  • perspex screens at counters

Using public computers

We will continue providing cleaning materials to help keep computer spaces and equipment sanitised.

During busy times you may need to wait for a computer to become available. Talk to staff locally if you need to book ahead.

Scanning, printing and photocopying facilities are still available.

Support with council services

You can ask for information at library counters or use a telephone if you need to speak to a council department.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Our staff may be wearing face protection at library counters and around the library building.

NHS Test and Trace

Although no longer a legal requirement, we encourage all visitors to continue checking in at the library entrance, either using the QR code with the NHS Test & Trace app or by supplying written contact details. Paper records will be kept for 21 days and then destroyed.

Changes to facilities and services

Newspapers and magazines will remain unavailable.

Meeting rooms can now be booked for their pre-COVID occupancy levels from November.

We are beginning to restore our usual library events in November.