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Libraries service updates

From Wednesday 2 December

The following libraries will be re-opening with reduced hours from Wednesday 2 December:

  • Bracknell Library - open daily from 10am to 4pm, except Wednesday and Sunday
  • Binfield Library - open Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 2pm to 4:30pm, Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 4pm
  • Crowthorne Library - open daily from 10am to 4pm, except Sunday
  • Great Hollands Library - open Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 12:30pm
  • Sandhurst Library - open daily from 10am to 4pm, except Wednesday and Sunday
  • Whitegrove Library - open daily from 10am to 4pm, except Sunday

Opening hours are reduced to allow staff to carry out essential tasks in public areas with no-one else present. Numbers entering the buildings will be limited to make sure of safety.

Services available

The following services are available:

Select and collect

In order to make book borrowing quicker and easier for our members, we are still offering a free 'select and collect' service.

Simply browse our library catalogue, select the items that you wish to borrow (up to 10) and place your free requests as normal. Alternatively, you can telephone the library and reserve your items that way. Please wait for your collection email before coming to the library.

You can collect from any of the open libraries.

Browsing for books

You can now browse and choose books for yourself from the shelves.

If you look at a book that you decide not to borrow, please place it in the quarantine box provided.

Children’s libraries are open, except for the board and picture books shelves. You can ask the staff for a pack of books for children under 5.

Public computers

A reduced number of public computers are available, together with printing and scanning services.

You must book a session in advance by telephoning your library.

Computers can be booked for 30 minute sessions a day and will be thoroughly sanitised between each use.

Due to a technical problem, Whitegrove library has no PC access until further notice.

Online materials

Take a look at our growing selection of online resources:

Online sessions

Join our sessions and meet people from the comfort of your home:

Home Library Service

We are continuing to offer free Home Library Service deliveries to anyone who is in a vulnerable category, or self-isolating for medical reasons.

To register for this service, please contact Bracknell or Crowthorne libraries.

Details about the regular book delivery service for housebound customers can be found on our home library service page.

Other services

Our meeting rooms are available for hire again for small group activities. To check our safety procedures and enquire about availability and prices, please email bracknell.library@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.

Newspapers and magazines are not currently available for browsing in the library. You can reserve magazines instead through our 'select and collect' service or read them through PressReader, which offers hundreds of online newspapers and magazines to read on a computer, tablet or phone.

Seating and study areas will remain unavailable until further notice.

Use of libraries during Open+ hours will not be resuming at the moment.

Safety measures

All customers entering any library building are required to wear a mask. This is a government requirement. We'll ask people who don’t comply to come back another time with a mask. The only exceptions are listed on GOV.UK.

Our safety measures include:

  • quarantining all returned stock for 72 hours before it is made available again to the public
  • controlling the number of people who can enter each library
  • asking every customer to sanitise their hands before entering
  • once inside the library, members of the public will be able to remain for a maximum stay of 30 minutes
  • asking customers to follow the signage to queue outside the library and how to move around the building
  • computers will be cleaned by library staff after each use

NHS Test and Trace

You will be asked to record your presence in the library using the NHS Test and Trace app.

You can download the app for free from:

When visiting our libraries, you will need to scan the NHS QR posters located at the entrance and within key areas of the building using the app. Upon scanning, you will be asked to provide your name and contact details so you can be notified if you have been exposed to the virus.

If you are unable to use the app, we will record your presence inside the library by taking your name and phone number. We may need to share these details with the NHS in case someone is tested positive for COVID-19. All details will be stored safely and destroyed after 21 days.

Get more information on test and trace.

Contact information

Bracknell Central library

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