Library reopens

July 30 2020

KINGSWOOD Library has reopened on an appointment-only basis as part of the move out of lockdown.

A click and collect facility is in place for the loan of books, DVDs and audiobooks. Users can book their slot online or by phone.

People who want to visit any South Gloucestershire library for IT access and free wifi also have to make an appointment in advance.

All libraries will have hand sanitiser at the entrances and floor markings are in place to ensure social distancing.

Cabinet member for communities, Councillor Rachael Hunt said: “It is great news that our libraries will be introducing these services following the easing of lockdown restrictions and I know that the service is looking forward to welcoming back customers - albeit in a slightly different way, having missed that interaction over the past months.

“To enable us to do this in a safe and managed way, customers must book in advance.”

The service still offers access to free digital newspapers and magazines, ebooks and audiobooks online, which it says has been especially helpful to people who are shielding.

The children's 2020 challenge Summer Reading Challenge has started too. Entitled Silly Squad, it invites children and families able to pick up a free bag from their library to do the challenge at home.

For further information on the reopening of libraries and details of the measures being put in place, including how to pre book an appointment or use the click and collect service, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/librarychanges or call 01454 865022.