Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Fourteen Leicestershire libraries re-opened their doors for browsing, borrowing and returning books on Monday 3 August using an appointment system, with Oadby and Wigston libraries to follow on Monday 10 August.
The county’s main libraries are operating with an online booking system, allowing members to book a slot to visit their preferred library. There are a limited number of slots available each day to ensure social distancing is observed within the buildings.
To book your slot, visit: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/book-a-library-visit. Residents who are unable to book a slot online can call 0116 305 2695 to book their timed appointment.
Library users may visit in groups of up to three to browse, borrow and return items. Hand sanitisers are available at all sites and face coverings will be mandatory from Saturday 8 August for all visitors, unless they are exempt.
Councillor Richard Blunt, county council cabinet member for libraries, at Leicestershire County Council, said: “A lot of work has gone into preparing our libraries and I’m very pleased we are now able to offer another element of our service to our communities.
“We know that many residents have been waiting patiently for libraries to re-open and we believe that the measures we have put in place will leave people feeling confident to return.”
Library staff are on hand to welcome customers back to their local library and assist them to use the services safely.
For the time being, toilets remain closed to customers and the use of computers will not be available. The council hopes the service will return in September, once necessary health and safety measures are in place.
The click and collect service continues to operate alongside browsing, also now at Oadby and Wigston libraries, which have until now remained closed. Over 900 click and collect orders have been placed in the first three weeks since launching the service. Visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/click-and-collect
Some community managed libraries are also open for browsing and to offer the click and collect service. For more information, contact the library directly.