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 we advise you to wear a face covering when visiting a library .

Where possible, we also ask that you visit the library on your own. You should not visit if you feel unwell or are self-isolating.

We have kept these safety measures in every library:

  • instruction around social distancing measures
  • hand sanitisation stations
  • perspex screens at counters
  • signs to manage the flow of customers
  • limiting the number of customers inside the building at any one time

Social distancing, furniture and layout

Social distancing is possible in all our libraries.

We ask that you keep browsing time to a minimum where possible.

Some doors may be entrance or exits only and will be clearly marked.

You may be asked to queue outside the library to prevent overcrowding. We will use signage and floor stickers to indicate where to stand.

Using public computers

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

The number of public computers has been reduced to ensure social distancing. 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

The availability of seating, study areas and meeting rooms in our libraries is reduced to enable social distancing.

Newspapers and magazines will be unavailable.

We are planning to restore our usual library events from September.