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Libraries in Bath and North East Somerset will offer Covid-safe browsing again from Monday 12 April, with the mobile library also resuming a limited service.

Following the easing of Government restrictions residents will be able to browse the resources available at Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton libraries. The libraries will continue to  operate their collection service from 10am – 4pm weekdays with residents able to borrow up to twenty books at a time 

To protect public health and enable social distancing the number of people entering a library at any one time will be limited, and a drop box will be available at the entrance to each library.

The mobile library will also resume following an amended route, to provide a safe service to help isolated people access new reading material they might not have enjoyed since lockdown. It will offer a reduced timetable in the mornings with most stops limited to 30 minutes. A ‘grab and go’ offer of pre-selected books will be available, as well as a reservation collection service. 

The mobile library timetable will be available to view on Friday 9 April at https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/mobile-library-service

To prevent the spread of coronavirus, customers will not be able to board the library or browse.

Mandy Bishop, Chief Operating Officer, said: “I’m delighted residents will once again be able to browse the fantastic range of books and other resources our libraries have to offer 

“I’m particularly pleased that we are able to bring our mobile library back into service, as it’s a highly valued resource for residents who live in isolated communities, many of whom have waited a long time to access new things to read.   

“To keep everyone safe and reduce the spread of Covid-19, visiting our libraries will be a different experience for the time being. We ask all our customers to follow social distancing rules and please be patient if you have to wait in a queue.”

The public computers at Bath Central Library, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton will be available for our residents again, on a first come first serve basis for a maximum of a 30 minutes session. The self-study areas remain closed in all libraries. 

Library staff will be able to signpost residents to council services and other support services if needed.

Community-run libraries will have different opening arrangements. For more information about community libraries visit: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/find-library-or-one-stop-shop

You can find out more about Bath & North East Somerset Council’s libraries and information services at https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/library-and-information-services