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Gallery: Central Library reopens for customers

After five months of lockdown, Peterborough Central Library has reopened to the public with a number of new social distancing and safety measures in place.

Customers at Peterborough Central Library have been welcomed back by Vivacity staff.

Some of the social distancing measures in place include a maximum number of people allowed in the building at one time, reduced opening hours, screens at staff desks, hand sanitiser stations and boxes for handled books to be put in a 72-hour quarantine. A staff member is on hand to take details for the track and trace system upon entry, with a one-way system in place.

Staff said that there was a queue at 10am this morning, ready for opening, but it didn't exceed the maximum number of people permitted to enter, so everybody was admitted for their computer session (which can last for an hour) or book browsing time (which is set at 30 minutes).

Opening hours are between 10am and 4pm from Monday to Friday, and then from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.

Central Library is the first of the city's ten libraries to reopen as lockdown restrictions have eased. Other libraries will open in a phased approach over the next six weeks. During this time, library members can return their books from any other library to Central Library. This is optional, as fines for overdue books will be waived until all libraries are open.