Following a public consultation Wiltshire Council has announced that the library in Salisbury will reopen along with its counterparts in Trowbridge and Chippenham.
Salisbury library will reopen on Tuesday 4th August 2020, with safety measures in place to ensure social distancing to keep people as safe as possible.
Wiltshire Council has published the following key information that customers need to know:
- Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
- Loan items continue to be renewed automatically, currently to the end of September, so there is no rush to return items
- People can attend one of these libraries and browse for up to 30 minutes
- People are advised to be sensible and not pick up and put back lots of books
- Social distancing measures will be in place, with clear signage
- Hand sanitiser will be available at each library
- Depending on how many people are using the library, people may have to queue outside upon arrival
- Computers in the libraries can be used for 45 minutes, but people must book them in advance. They can be booked by phoning the relevant library during their opening hours
- People should bring their library cards
- Returned books will be stored for 72 hours before being put back on shelves
- Screens will be in place at the main customer service desk
- People will be asked to provide contact details as part of the COVID-19 test and trace system. Details will be handled in accordance with GDPR law
The following facilities or services will not be available for the time being:
- Toilet facilities
- Group activities such as book clubs and rhyme time sessions
- Newspapers and magazines
- Reservation service
” It was clear that people wanted some libraries to reopen so we’re working hard to get three of our biggest ones ready and safe for people to visit.Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling
The online library content, which has proven to be hugely popular over the lockdown period, will continue. So far, there has been more than 100,000 views of library videos, such as rhyme and story time, since March.
Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: ” It was clear that people wanted some libraries to reopen so we’re working hard to get three of our biggest ones ready and safe for people to visit.
“We are making a careful phased return of some services during the pandemic and that’s to ensure the safety of our staff and the public, while making the best use of our current resources and finances. We’ll have more details soon on the other services and libraries returning, but in the meantime, we’re looking forward to welcoming people back and seeing some of our libraries once again become a focal point in their local communities.”