Library Reopening Update – Phase 2

Public Libraries are due to begin offering more services to the public as outlined in Phase 2 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. However, it will be some time before full library services can resume.

In Phase 2 services will begin to be provided to the public in a step-by-step manner in line with public health guidance.

What to expect in Phase 2

Our first priority will be to make arrangements for a safe lending service via a ‘Contact and Collect’ type model.

Then, where possible, we will make arrangements for the return of items on loan.

This means that at first, library spaces will be restricted to library staff only and will not be accessible to the public. As the government roadmap progresses, the library sector will plan a gradual re-opening aligned to health and safety directives. But over time, and with caution and care, we will begin to re-open our buildings to the public.

In all situations, the health and safety of library users and staff will be paramount. Social distancing will be observed where library users interact with services, and all health and safety protocols will be observed.

You can continue to use your library online!
Don’t forget, you can access library services online, and these online services will continue to be available as we move through the re-opening phases. You can:
• join the library online;
• download eBooks and eAudiobooks;
• read magazines and newspapers
• take eLearning or language courses;
• watch or listen to storytimes; or,
• take part in other activities like online bookclubs.