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Final phase of re-opening for Worcestershire’s libraries

lots of books piled up Published Thursday, 3rd September 2020

All of Worcestershire’s libraries will be once again open for business this September.

The final eight libraries will re-open throughout September, once essential building checks have been completed and signed off.

Libraries in Warndon, Alvechurch, Catshill, Bewdley, Rubery and Upton will re-open on Monday 7 September.

Hagley and Woodrow Libraries are also set to re-open later in the month.

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 Hagley, Upton and Catshill are re-opening this month.

The mobile library will also resume normal service from 7 September with safe, socially-distanced browsing and borrowing. Customers are requested to wear a face covering when on board.

Opening times for re-opened libraries and details on Mobile Library routes can be found on the council’s dedicated libraries webpage or by calling the customer contact centre on 01905 822722.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It’s wonderful that the final eight libraries are opening their doors, and we can welcome customers to all of our libraries across Worcestershire.

I’d like to thank all of our staff for their hard work and dedication in bringing the local library to our customers throughout lockdown, and for adapting services when we were able to re-open.

The Digital Library Hub has been a real success story during the pandemic, and I’d like to thank our customers for adapting to the new ways of visiting their local library.”

From Monday 7 September, library customers at all re-opened libraries 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 in all libraries 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.

The return date for all items borrowed before 10th August has been extended to 30th September.

From this date, normal overdue fees will apply. Any items borrowed by customers from re-opened libraries since 10th August are subject to normal borrowing terms and conditions.

Libraries continue to work towards re-introducing more library services in line with current social distancing restrictions.