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Some County Libraries to Reopen Under Safety Rules

Published on: 5 Dec, 2020
Updated on: 7 Dec, 2020
From December 7, several Surrey libraries are reopening so visitors can browse for books by following directional arrows to guide them because of Covid safety restrictions.

They will offer:

  • Browsing and borrowing items;
  • Click-and-collect, allowing customers to return items, collect ready-reads and reserve books;
  • Use of public PCs and printing at relevant spots;
  • Online book reservations and pick-up from the nearest open library; and
  • The library direct home service for the vulnerable.

Customers can also access more than 30,000 ebooks, eaudio, emagazines and ecomics online and join in creative and interactive events, including Christmas themed, via Facebook. New library members can register at free online to access all digital resources.

Extensive Covid-19 safety measures include rigorous cleaning, with hand sanitiser at library entrances, limited numbers of customers allowed in at any one time, and quarantining of returned items.

To minimise queues, visitors are encouraged to go be on their own and limit their visit to 30 minutes. Visitors must follow safety precautions including masks inside the building and are asked to comply with test and trace requirements.

Borrowed items are not due back until branches are open again but click-and-collect libraries are accepting returns when collecting items or via the “out of hours” return box.

Addlestone, Cranleigh and Frimley Green, as well as some community-partnered libraries will remain closed until further notice but continue to offer click-and-collect.

Before visiting and for more information, please check the library website.

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test One Response to Some County Libraries to Reopen Under Safety Rules

  1. M Smith Reply

    December 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Can we be told the reason why we’re having to wait until the 7th for our libraries to open for ‘almost normal’ business whereas most of the High Street managed to make an effort to re-open on the day lockdown ended?

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