Reopening date set for Salisbury's Library

Reopening date set for Salisbury's Library

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:51pm 29th July 2020. (Updated at 1:43pm 29th July 2020)

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Wiltshire Council's opening its three biggest libraries, including the city centre one, next week.

Salisbury's Library has been closed for just over four months, but will welcome lenders back in from next Tuesday (4th August).

There's set to be a few changes for visitors though, including reduced opening hours, time limits on visits, and social distancing measures in place.

Here's what we can expect: 

  • Salisbury Library will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Items loaned out will have a return date of the end of September
  • People can attend and browse the library for up to 30 minutes at a time
  • Visitors are asked to 'be sensible' and not pick up and put back lots of books
  • We're asked to follow social distancing measures and be aware of the clear signage that will be up around the library
  • Hand sanitiser will be available throughout
  • Depending on how many people are using the library, there may be queues outside on arrival
  • Computers in the libraries can be used for 45 minutes, but spaces must be booked in advance by calling the library during opening hours
  • 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, with the details handled in line with GDPR laws
  • Don't forget your library card!
Library books
We'll be able to get into Salisbury's Library in a matter of days!

For the time being, the toilet facilities, group activities, newspapers and magazines and reservation services won't be available.

The decision to reopen libraries has been taken after a public consultation, answered by 7,000 people in Wiltshire, found that many wanted the libraries to become ready to use again.

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Cabinet Member for Libraries. said: 

"We thank the thousands of people for taking time out to respond to our consultation, which shows huge and passionate support for our libraries. It was clear that people wanted some libraries to reopen so we're working hard to get three of our biggest ones ready and safe for people to visit.

"We are making a careful phased return of some services during the pandemic and that's to ensure the safety of our staff and the public, while making the best use of our current resources and finances. We'll have more details soon on the other services and libraries returning, but in the meantime, we're looking forward to welcoming people back and seeing some of our libraries once again become a focal point in their local communities."

More of Wiltshire Council's libraries are expected to reopen 'in due course', but the details or locations haven't been confirmed yet.

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