Telford & Wrekin Council’s Libraries are set to re-open for the first time since March from Saturday, 4 July, in Southwater and from Monday, 6 July in Newport, Wellington, Oakengates and Madeley (The Anstice).
Following updated Government guidance, council run libraries in Telford and Wrekin are to resume some of their services in a safe and socially distanced way by re-opening with reduced opening hours and a reduced service.
As such, Telford & Wrekin Libraries will re-open in Southwater from Saturday, 4 July (11am – 2pm) - the first day the Government says libraries can open from.
From Monday, 6 July, along with Southwater, the other Council Libraries (Newport, Wellington, Oakengates and Madeley -the Anstice) will re-open to public but on reduced hours.
To check out the new opening hours for Council libraries across the borough, visit www.telford.gov.uk/libraries
During the initial phase of opening, the reduced service will mean that customers will only be able to return, browse and borrow books and do so by keeping to around 15 minutes per visit, to ensure everyone has a chance to access the service.
Below are the full measures Telford & Wrekin Libraries will introduce from 4 July and what customers can expect on their visit:
Cllr Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries and Culture said: "It’s due to our staff’s hard work and the safety and distancing measures they’ve put in place that Council libraries are able to re-open as early as indicated by the government - from 4 July (in Southwater) and 6 July (other Council’s locations).
"The safety of our staff and library users is our top priority, which means in the initial phase of re-opening, Telford & Wrekin Libraries will be operating in a different way – with a reduced service (only books’ return and borrowing within a recommended 15 minutes visit), limited capacity in buildings, additional cleaning measures and guidelines and signage in place for social distancing.
"In the upcoming weeks, there’s still lots the Libraries’ teams will be working through, so as to re-open additional services in locations as quickly but most importantly, as safety as possible - in line with Government’s directions.
"As we want to support people as much as possible at this difficult time, we will continue to offer free library digital resources for everyone that can be accessed at any time from the comfort of their home.
"On www.telford.gov.uk/libraries there are lots of free resources for every age and interest, from e-books to audiobooks and e-magazines and the access of digital resources has more than doubled since lockdown.
"Also on Telford & Wrekin Libraries Facebook page there’s plenty going on, such as live streams of "Bounce and Rhyme” toddler sessions, coding club challenges as well as family-fun entertainment, with the recently launched Summer Reading challenge.”
Community libraries across the borough (at Dawley, Donnington, HLC and Stirchley) are also looking to re-open following social and distancing measures and the government’s guideline - please contact these libraries directly so as to be informed of their plans.
For more details on Telford & Wrekin Libraries and Digital Library visit www.telford.gov.uk/libraries
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