During lockdown, Cambridgeshire’s 33 libraries have been able to offer a Select and Collect service and pre-booked use of computers and digital services. But from the 12 April, as part of the return to the full library offering, residents are now able to browse the shelves and select their own books for the first time this year.
To ensure everyone can make use of the libraries safely, one-way systems are in place. Customers are asked to wear masks (unless exempt) and are invited to sanitise their hands when they enter the library. A friendly face will be at the door of each library to explain how managed browsing works and answer any questions.
Social distancing is in place, and customers will be able to use self-service technology to check their books out. Returned books will also be quarantined to minimise the risk of Covid infection.
Safety a priority
Gary Porter, Head of Libraries, Archives and Culture for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: ‘We are really looking forward to welcoming people back through the doors of our libraries and giving them the opportunity to browse the shelves and choose their own books.
‘Of course, everyone’s safety is our priority. We have put measures in place to make sure that people feel confident and secure in using our library services. For example, we have had to introduce a maximum capacity for each building, so you may have to queue at busy times. And for the time being, customers won’t be able to sit or study while visiting the library. We are also asking people to use the NHS Covid-19 app when they enter the building. If they don’t have a mobile phone, we will take their details for the same purpose.
‘Opening for managed browsing is another step closer to returning to the full library offering. We’ll be closely following the government’s roadmap as we move through the process of reintroducing our full range of services.’
To find your nearest library and check opening hours, please go to the Cambridgeshire websites.