Salisbury Library to re-open 3 days each week from 4 August

Following a recent Wiltshire Council public consultation on reopening some library services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Salisbury library will re-open to the public on 4 August, with safety measures in place to ensure social distancing, to keep people as safe as possible.

The Wiltshire Council Mobile Library service today responded to a query asking when the mobile library service will return to Stratford sub Castle as follows:

"Thank you for your email.  I’m afraid we don’t yet have a date for when the mobile libraries will start operating again."

The mobile library timetable has been available on the Wiltshire Council website throughout the Covid-19 situation but should be ignored!

Opening hours at Salisbury Library will be:

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – 10am – 1pm and  2pm – 4pm;

  • Loan items continue to be renewed automatically, currently to the end of September, so there is no rush to return items;

  • People can browse for up to 30 minutes;

  • People are advised to be sensible and not pick up and put back lots of books;

  • Social distancing measures will be in place, with clear signage;

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at each library;

  • Depending on how many people are using the library, people may have to queue outside upon arrival;

  • Computers in the libraries can be used for 45 minutes, but people must book them in advance by phoning the library during their opening hours;

  • People should bring their library cards;

  • Returned books will be stored for 72 hours before being put back on shelves;

  • Screens will be in place at main customer service desk;

  • People will be asked to provide contact details as part of the COVID-19 test and trace system. Details will be handled in accordance with GDPR laws.

The following will not be available for the time being:

  • Toilet facilities;

  • Group activities such as book clubs and rhyme time sessions;

  • Newspapers and magazines;

  • Reservation service.

The online library content, which has proven to be hugely popular over the lockdown period, will continue. So far, there has been more than 100,000 views of library videos, such as rhyme and story time, since March.

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