You may have seen the recent news that we’re preparing for a phased re-opening of libraries. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back, but safety of visitors and staff is paramount.

All libraries will be prepared, and risk assessed before they re-open to allow customers and staff to maintain social distancing and stay safe. Once open, regular cleaning measures will be in place.

From Monday 6 July we will open 16 libraries, those which are co-located with Registration Offices. The libraries will initially offer a reduced service; customers will be able to return and borrow books only. Other services will be reviewed frequently so that they can be offered again as soon as it is safe to do so.

In line with Government guidance, visitor numbers will be limited to allow customers and staff to maintain social distancing and stay safe.

Further libraries will re-open as they are made safe and ready; with as many as possible opening by mid-August 2020. Since libraries were closed in March, we have seen a huge increase in demand for our online library resources and the number of people joining online to access these. We encourage people to continue to use these digital reading resources where possible. We’ll update you with further information on our plans and available services as they develop and will soon be updating our website with FAQs to answer any queries.