Libraries service updates
We are open
We are pleased to announce that all our libraries are open from Monday 12 April. Visit our library directory to see when your library will be open.
You will be able to browse, book a public PC, and book study facilities, but at the present time, you are only able to stay for up to one hour at a time.
We look forward to welcoming you back.
PC and study tables
We recommend that you book a PC or a study table in advance by phoning one of the libraries.
Due to space restrictions, not all branches will be able to offer study space immediately.
We are sorry but browsing of printed newspapers and magazines is currently not available.
Children's book packs
All libraries have ready-made packs of board and picture books (5 a pack) to be borrowed.
These cannot be reserved.
You can reserve any items you wish to borrow and collect them from whichever library is the most convenient for you using our online library catalogue.
Request charges will apply from 1 May 2021.
Take a look at our selection of online resources:
Join our online events and meet people from the comfort of your home.
Home Library Service
We offer a free Lockdown Delivery Service to anyone who is over 70 or in a critically vulnerable category.
We are not currently accepting new customers for this service. Details about the regular book delivery service for housebound customers can be found on our home library service page.
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
- limiting 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 1 hour
- asking customers to follow the signage to queue outside the library and how to move around the building
- IT and study facilities 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.