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Wiltshire libraries are open under lockdown rules

January 7, 2021 6:50 PM
By WC
Originally published by Trevor Carbin Liberal Democrat

There's an order and collect service, with bookable computers, at a number of libraries across the county.

The exact opening days and times of each library are at https://pages.wiltshire.gov.uk/librarylocations.htm.

Here's how to work the Order and Collect service:

  • Let your local library know what kind of books you enjoy. This can be done by completing an online form or by phoning the library during their opening times
  • The council will need to know your library card number and phone number
  • Twelve books will then be selected on your behalf or 20 for a family - audiobooks can also be selected if you have an audiobook subscription or membership exemption
  • When the books are available, the council's library team will contact you to arrange collection.
  • When you arrive, a librarian will ask to see your library card, and will then pass on the books
  • If you wish to reserve a specific book, you can use the council's normal reservation service. Books can be reserved via the online catalogue for 95p
  • Books are loaned for three weeks and will need to be renewed, if you wish to keep them longer. They can be returned through the library letter box at any time
  • All returned books will be stored for 72 hours before being put back on the shelves.

Bookable computer access is also available:

  • Libraries are permitted to offer library members access to the public PC network for essential use if they can't otherwise access a PC/laptop or the internet. Essential needs can include job applications, benefit applications, accessing public services, financial information, online banking, for educational purposes, to keep in touch with family members or to support their mental health.
  • Booking is essential: you can contact your library to book a 45 minute slot.

Customers are expected to use their nearest library to reduce unnecessary travel. Safety remains the priority at all of the council's libraries, and customers will be asked to wear a face covering and use sanitiser before using a computer.

The Home Library Service, providing books to the vulnerable in their own homes, will also continue. People need to contact their local library more information or visit the website.

Loan items continue to be renewed automatically, currently to the end of February, so there is no rush to return items currently on loan. Those libraries not currently operating will be kept under review.

To view details of all library opening times and reopening dates, visit https://pages.wiltshire.gov.uk/librarylocations.htm

Wiltshire library members can still download eBooks and eAudiobooks and read eMagazines. All the details can be found at https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-ebooks

A range of online resources can also be found at the council's Active Communities page at https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-active-communities

Reopening dates are as follows:

Aldbourne

Thursday 7 January

Amesbury

Friday 8 January

Bradford on Avon

Thursday 7 January

Calne

Friday 8 January

Chippenham

Thursday 7 January

Corsham

Monday 11 January

Cricklade

Thursday 7 January

Devizes

Thursday 7 January

Malmesbury

Saturday 9 January

Marlborough

Friday 8 January

Melksham

Thursday 7 January

Mere

Friday 8 January

Pewsey

Thursday 7 January

Royal Wootton Bassett

Friday 8 January

Salisbury

Thursday 7 January

Trowbridge

Thursday 7 January

Warminster

Saturday 9 January

Westbury

Friday 8 January