Current library services

Residents are now able to visit libraries across the borough.

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    Re-opening of our libraries

    Residents are able to visit our libraries to:

    • collect lateral flow test kits (at selected libraries)
    • browse and borrow books
    • collect reserved books
    • request recycling bags
    • use a computer
    • book a study space (at selected libraries)
    • pick up hearing aid batteries (at selected libraries)
    • purchase visitor parking vouchers (at participating libraries)

    Please note:

    • We are currently only able to accept card payments.
    • Our public toilets are currently not available.

    If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, do not use our libraries. You must self-isolate immediately and book a coronavirus test via or by calling 119.

    When visiting our libraries:

    • you should keep your visit to under 45 minutes to ensure we can provide access to as many residents as possible, without going over safe capacity
    • you can check-in using the NHS Covid-19 app or to provide contact details (for test and trace purposes) upon arrival

    Search and reserve an item

    Book browsing

    Our libraries will be offering book browsing. We ask our residents to support us in minimising the risk of infection by sanitising your hands before and after handling books in the library.

    Some libraries have spaces for families to read together during their visit. See individual branch web pages for details or ask at your local branch.

    Returning books

    • Items can be borrowed for 3 weeks
    • To return an item, please use the designated boxes in the foyer of the library or (where available) via the dropbox.

    Renew a book

    Computer access

    Our libraries are offering reduced access to computers.

    Please note:

    • users can book one 40-minute session per day, starting on the hour
    • our library staff will only be able to provide limited computer support to ensure social-distancing and everyone's safety
    • printing will be available but only card payments will be accepted

    Study space

    Some of our libraries are offering a limited number of study spaces for students working towards a qualification.

    Please note:

    • this is for single study only (no groups are allowed)
    • 1 booking per branch per day will be available
    • food and drink are not allowed (apart from bottled water)

    To book, please call the relevant branch on the day or the day before you would like to book a slot. 

    Library opening times and contact details

    Please check our individual library pages for opening times and facilities.

    Page last updated: 21 Jul 2021