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West Berkshire Libraries to welcome back visitors from 12 April

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West Berkshire Libraries will reopen to visitors in limited numbers from Monday, 12 April.

The reopening of libraries comes with the commencement of Step 2 of the Government's Covid-19 Roadmap to Recovery. In line with the restrictions still in place, customers will be asked to wear a face mask (unless exempt), maintain social distancing, use hand sanitiser as they enter the library, and provide details for Test and Trace.

Details of all current library opening hours, together with the Mobile Library timetable, can be found on the website: www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries. With this reopening, the fines amnesty will come to an end on 12 April. Details of current charges are available on: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/35213/Library-Fees-and-Charges.

Customers will be able to choose books and use library computers for up to one hour per day. Printing, scanning and photocopying services will also be available. Visitors will need to bring their library membership card with them in order borrow books or DVDs and to use the computers. Visitors will also need their 4-digit library PIN, which can be reset online if needed.

The 'At Home' service delivers books and audiobooks to people who are currently self-isolating or unable to collect books from the library because of age, disability or other special circumstance. More details about this service can be obtained by calling 01635 519827 or emailing library@westberks.gov.uk.

In addition, residents can take advantage of the West Berkshire Libraries' new initiative giving customers access to 'Your Library in One App.'

The free app is a quick and easy way for library users to search the catalogue, renew and reserve books and keep up to date with news from West Berkshire Libraries. Users will also have instant access to the extensive collection of free e-books, e-magazines, e-newspapers and audiobooks.

Customers who regularly enjoy the e-books and audiobooks via the West Berkshire Libraries suppliers BorrowBox and Libby by OverDrive will benefit from having all of the extra functionality in one app. They can even manage multiple accounts which may be useful for those with children or relatives who need some additional help.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple app store and Google Play store by searching for West Berkshire Libraries. Customers who have a Kindle tablet (such as Kindle Fire), can download the app from Amazon.

Customers who are not already members of the library can join online to get free, instant access to the e-library. Details can be obtained on: www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries.