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West Berkshire Libraries open for visits from Monday (21st September)

Customers will be able to choose and borrow books under next phase of reopening

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West Berkshire Libraries are delighted that the initial phase of restoring the service has proved a great success. The Order & Collect service we have been running for the past couple of months allows customers to reserve books online or to tell us about the sort of books they like to read and our staff choose a selection for them.

As well as continuing with this, the library service is now moving forward with the next phase, which will enable public access to all our library buildings across the district.

From Monday 21 September customers will be able to choose and borrow books in person during limited opening hours at all West Berkshire libraries.

Customers will not need to book a time to visit, but the number of people within each building will be limited and so you may need to queue to get in. Library staff will ask you to keep your visiting time to about 30 minutes and to use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit. Track and Trace contact details will be collected at the door.

Please remember that wearing face coverings is now mandatory in public libraries.

Computers and printing/photocopying facilities will be available, but there will be fewer computers in order to ensure adequate social distancing. Customers will be able to use a computer for one session of 45 minutes per day. There will be no other seating or study areas available within the libraries and no access to toilets, baby changing facilities or refreshments.

There is more good news for those that are unable to visit your local library over the next few weeks but still have books at home that you borrowed before lockdown - the fines amnesty has also been extended and there will be no fines charged on items due for return between 20 March and 30 September 2020.

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