Libraries looking forward to welcoming back customers

11:05am - 08 April 2021
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Libraries in North Somerset are getting ready to open their doors and welcome back customers next week.

The relaxing of lockdown restrictions means that from Monday 12 April customers will be able to visit their local library to choose and borrow books using the self-service facilities.

Computers and printing facilities will be available to use by prior booking - contact your local library in advance by phone or email to make an appointment. Volunteers will be available to provide computer assistance remotely by telephone or video call.

Individual study space can be booked in advance at Portishead, Pill, Yatton and Weston libraries and local studies materials will be available by appointment at Weston Library. Face-to-face enquiries and events or groups are not currently available.

Safety measures will be in place in all libraries including the need to use hand sanitiser, wear a face covering and keep two metres away from others.

Opening hours may be restricted, so people are advised to check before visiting. More information about the revised opening hours will be available from Monday at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/librarycollect.

The mobile library will also be resuming its normal timetable from Monday.

“We're really looking forward to welcoming people back into our libraries," said Cllr Mike Solomon, North Somerset Council's executive member for leisure, culture and tourism. "Libraries will have a key role to play in the local economic, social and cultural recovery from this awful pandemic.”

Customers can continue to request books using the non-contact click and collect service and the expanded online services, including free eBooks and downloadable eAudio books, will also continue.

The click and collect service has proved very popular during the lockdowns. In a survey of people who have used the service 82.5% said it has helped them to feel significantly less isolated, 87% said it has significantly improved their sense of wellbeing and 85% said it has significantly helped them cope with lockdown.

One respondent said the service was "a godsend" and another commented: “It’s been a little bit of normality in these strange times”. Others praised the library staff and the service they had received. More information about the click and collect service can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/librarycollect.