Some Wiltshire libraries set to reopen on August 10th

Some Wiltshire libraries set to reopen on August 10th

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:55am 1st July 2020.

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Wiltshire Council is looking at a range of options to resume library services and is asking for YOUR views.

All 30 libraries in Wiltshire temporarily closed on 20th March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since then library services have been provided online, and via the Home Library Service to the most vulnerable customers.

Now Wiltshire Council is looking at how libraries might reopen but has warned because of the financial pressures some will remain closed for the foreseeable future and for those that do reopen the service will "need to be very different."

"We have to manage our resources carefully and ensure you the public, staff and library volunteers are safe."

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Wiltshire has 30 libraries but it's unlikely all will reopen.


Three options have been forward for how the service might operate while social distancing is required.

  • Option 1- This involves customers contacting the library service by email/phone to request books or other materials that they wish to borrow. E.g. Specific authors or topics such as crime, autobiographies etc. To be collected in person from a library. This service will not be available at all Wiltshire Libraries
  • Option 2 - The order and collect service with the ability to pre-book a computer session for those without access to the internet. This service will not be available at all Wiltshire Libraries.
  • Option 3 - A socially distanced service offering the public some access to browse stock and use computers

Wiltshire Council is aiming to introduce the new service from the 10th August for a six month period.

There will be monthly reviews throughout to assess how effective the service is proving to be.

"To make sure the services we do operate meet your needs and are as innovative in their delivery as possible we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete the survey, which closes on 26 July 2020."

You can have you say via the survey on the Wiltshire Council website.

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