Worcestershire Libraries to extend services at the end of lockdown

Published Monday, 30th November 2020

Libraries across the county will be extending the services available to customers when Worcestershire moves into Tier 2 restrictions later this week.

From the 2nd December library customers will once again 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

The mobile library service will be recommencing and we will look to bring further services back into libraries in early 2021.

Subject to volunteer availability, Library Service at Home book deliveries will be available for customers who are unable to visit their local library.

Book return dates have been extended to 31st December 2020 and no overdue fines will apply between 28th October and 31st December 2020.  

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: It’s great that our libraries are now able to look forward and are re-introducing services as we come out of lockdown and into tiered restrictions.

Our library services have extended significantly over recent years to offer residents to learn more and to be able to receive more from their local library. Lockdown may have changed this in the past few months but we’re really pleased that more services are being allowed to return. We know how important libraries and their services are to our residents, they are just one of the reasons that they are at the heart of many community hubs across the county.”

 

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. 

The Digital Library Hub has been proven to be a real success story, since it launched in the first lockdown period.

 

Following its launch, customers are able to access a wide range of services online, including e-Books, e-Audiobooks and e-magazines, streamed Storytime and Rhyme time sessions, business enterprise and job seeking webinars and links to online adult learning courses.

 

Find out more on the Digital Library Hub on the dedicated webpage.

 

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.