The re-opening of Worcestershire’s libraries continues to move forward, as the county is beginning to welcome back visitors and re-open for business.
A further nine of the county’s libraries are set to re-open throughout August.
Libraries in Droitwich, Stourport, St John’s, Tenbury and Wythall will re-open on Monday 3 August.
Pershore Library is also set to re-open later in August.
The County Council has worked closely with local library volunteers throughout the phased re-opening, and it is thanks to their help and support, that alongside Wythall, libraries in Broadway, Upton, and Hagley are also set to re-open later in the month.
Opening hours and opening dates once they are announced for all individual libraries can be found on the Council’s dedicated Library webpages.
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It’s great news that more of our libraries are able to re-open, and I’d like to thank the local library volunteers who have come forward, and offered their support to help us safely extend the number of libraries that are re-opening in this second phase. The community spirit during this pandemic has been something we can all take heart from and be immensely proud of.
During lockdown, the new Digital Library Hub has had some fantastic success, and seen some amazing figures, proving once again that we really are a county of library users.
The Digital Library Hub is available 24/7 and I hope that our customers continue to access online library services even as more libraries open their doors.”
From Monday 3 August, library customers will be able to:
- browse shelves and borrow books using self-service kiosks
- return books
- pre-book public computers
- pre-book a desk in the library for study and/or wi-fi access
Library staff will also be on hand to answer queries and provide information.
Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place for everyone’s safety. The number of customers allowed into the library at any one time will be managed; browsing time will be limited to 20 minutes and computers and desks will be cleaned thoroughly after each use.
Normal book reservation services will resume and customers will be able to request books from any open library in Worcestershire.
As a result of this, the Reserve and Collect book service will be unavailable from 1 August 2020.
While the number of library services available to customers on site is increasing in line with current social distancing restrictions, libraries are still unavailable for group events and activities, as a meeting place or a place to spend time reading or relaxing.
For more information on the re-opening, opening times of individual libraries, and the latest changes to services, please visit the Council’s dedicated Libraries webpage.
Find out more on the Digital Library Hub on the dedicated webpage.