Libraries

  1. Council works to keep library services available

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Library services will still be available during lockdown in East Sussex, despite all 17 of its library buildings being shut.

    Users will be able to order books online or by phone, and then pick them up from the front entrance of their local library.

    Library books

    Anyone who needs to access computers for services such as universal credit can pre-book a session by calling 0345 60 80 196.

    Online books, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines are available through the eLibrary service here.

  2. Libraries are set to re-open

    Cumbria County Council says it will open twelve of its branch libraries on October 21.

    These are:

    • Brampton Library
    • Longtown Library
    • Maryport Library
    • Roose Library
    • Wigton Library
    • Millom Library
    • Cleator Moor Library
    • Appleby Library
    • Grange Library
    • Ulverston Library
    • Windermere Library
    • Ambleside Library

    It follows the re-opening of the county's six main libraries back in August.

    Public health experts working for the county council say the local libraries are "extremely low risk environments"

    Strict measures have been put into place to ensure buildings are Covid-safe for all staff and customers.

  3. Libraries in Plymouth to reopen in next few weeks

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plymouth Central Library

    All public libraries in Plymouth will reopen "within the next few weeks", the city council says.

    Staff have been working to make sure they meet Covid-19 safety rules and opening times will vary.

    Labour-led city council deputy leader Pete Smith said full details for each library would be released in the coming weeks.

    Following the coronavirus lockdown, the council introduced a collection service at Central, Plymstock, St Budeaux and Southway.

    In a second phase, Central Library in the city centre opened for browsing and pre-booked use of computers.

    An announcement on Friday said the reopened libraries had had safety measures introduced, including extra cleaning and 72-hour quarantine for returned books.

    Councillor Smith said all libraries would reopen initially part-time because hygiene measures meant more staff were needed and they had to move between locations.

    He said in a statement about the reopening plans: “Since government guidance changed to allow libraries to open, we have been working hard to reintroduce services in a safe way for our customers and staff, using the national guidance in place for all libraries.

    “It is important that we reintroduce services in a planned, controlled way so we can quickly respond to any issues and keep everyone safe."

    He added that each building was "unique and the services we will be able to offer and opening times will vary, in order to ensure each location is Covid-19 secure".

  4. More libraries across Devon due to reopen

    BBC Radio Devon

    More libraries across Devon are reopening on Monday.

    Towns including Crediton, Dartmouth, Exmouth, Ilfracombe, Okehampton, Sidmouth, St Thomas, South Molton and Tavistock are due to see facilities open their doors for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown.

    Other libraries at Braunton, Brixham, Chudleigh and Honiton reopened earlier this month, and Libraries Unlimited said public access PCs had been in high demand.

    From Friday, people will be asked to wear a face covering when visiting their library.

  5. Libraries prepare to open across Cumbria

    Cumbria's main libraries in Carlisle, Penrith, Whitehaven, Workington, Kendal and Barrow (pictured) will reopen to the public on Monday 10 August.

    Barrow library with Nella Last display

    All have been organised to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection spreading, and not all services will be available.

    Councillor Deborah Earl said: "To reopen safely we need all sorts of new equipment such as protective screens, PPE, hand sanitiser points, new signage and additional staff training across our six buildings."

    The libraries will be showing progress towards reopening on their own social media.