During lockdown, many of Peterborough’s 10 libraries have been able to offer a Select and Collect service and pre-booked use of computers and digital services. From next week, residents will be able to browse the shelves and select their own books - for the first time this year.
The rules to ensure staff and customer safety will be much the same as prior to the latest national lockdown. One-way systems will be in place and customers will be asked to wear masks (unless exempt) before entering the premises. Hand sanitiser stations will be available for use - or customers can use their own - and a friendly face will be on the door of each library to explain how managed browsing works, answer any questions and ensure there aren't too many people in the building.
Social distancing will be in place, and customers will be able to use self-service technology to check their books out. Returned books will be quarantined to minimise the risk of Covid infection.
Julie Bennett, head of libraries for City Culture Peterborough, said: "We can’t wait to open our doors again to residents, not only for library services, but also to access our archives services by appointment only.
"Safety will be paramount in all our venues, and we will have a maximum capacity for each building, so we ask people to consider avoiding peak times.
"We are also really excited to be relaunching our mobile library service from April 19. We ask for residents to check online for details of when the mobile library will be coming to their area, as times and routes will be revised."
To find your nearest library and check opening hours, please go to the Peterborough website. Details of the mobile library schedule have yet to be updated.