Libraries continuing to support residents despite Covid19 restrictions

Libraries continuing to support residents despite Covid19 restrictions

A number of Conservative led Wiltshire Council libraries will keep the county reading by providing an order and collect service, following the introduction of the national COVID-19 restrictions.

Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Royal Wootton Bassett and Westbury libraries will continue to offer an order and collect service and bookable computers, just as they have done recently.

From Monday 9 November Chippenham, Devizes, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster libraries will also be offering an order and collect service and bookable computers. Those libraries will be closed until then.

Corsham and Tidworth are not currently able to open but this is under review.  

Cricklade, Mere, Pewsey, Tidworth and Wilton libraries will close temporarily until at some point until after the restrictions have been lifted. Aldbourne, Box, Downton, Durrington, Ludgershall, Lyneham, Market Lavington, Netheravon, Purton, Ramsbury and Tisbury, which haven't yet reopened since the pandemic started, will remain closed until further notice.

The council's mobile library service, which only got back on the road recently, will unfortunately not be operating at present but this will be regularly reviewed.

All items currently borrowed, that were due back from 9 November onwards, will continue to be automatically renewed.

All libraries offering this service will follow social distancing and COVID-19 secure guidelines.

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

"Our libraries team continues to innovate and adapt during this difficult period, and are committed to ensuring they can provide some services while the restrictions are in place

A good selection of books will certainly help people and momentarily whisk their imagination away from some of the stresses of life."

Further information about order and collect, including how to place an order and book a computer, can be found at order and collect page. People must book a computer in advance of attending.

Library opening times and contact details can be found at Library locations and opening times.

The online library content, which has proven to be hugely popular, will continue. Visit Active Communities for more information.

by Charlie Monro,