People can now go into a library to browse the shelves and borrow books, and can make an appointment to use the computers and printing facilities. Safety measures including social distancing, hand-sanitiser and face coverings are in place, and opening hours are shorter than usual to help maintain Covid-safe environments for staff and customers. Customers have reported how much they have missed going to the library, and how much they value books and reading.
During Libraries Week libraries will be celebrating books and reading and showcasing the contribution they make towards building a 'Nation of Readers' through displays and book recommendations on their social media channels. “We know how important reading is for many people – it contributes to their wellbeing and enjoyment of life," said Cllr Caritas Charles, North Somerset Council's executive member responsible for the library service. "Libraries are at the heart of their communities and I am delighted they have all re-opened their doors.” More information about the temporary library opening times, which were extended on Monday 5 October, can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/librarycollect.
North Somerset libraries are part of the LibrariesWest partnership, giving access to over 150 libraries and 2.5 million items across the South West. It is once again possible to place reservations via the library catalogue and pick them up at your chosen North Somerset library. Books can be returned at any time through library drop-boxes or letterboxes.
It’s free to join the library. You can join online at www.librarieswest.org.uk/join.