Reopening Nottinghamshire Libraries and Archives safely
24th June 2020
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Published 21st May 2020
Since we closed our libraries on 20 March due to Coronavirus, my colleagues and I have been adjusting to circumstances that were unthinkable just a few months ago and also working hard to bring you culture, learning and libraries at home with #InspireOnline. We are delighted to welcome new library members during this closure, and for them and our existing users to have made use of our online resources. Compared to the same period last year, eReading has more than doubled during our closure.
Now as lockdown restrictions change I wanted to let you know that we are busy planning to safely welcome you back to your local library in person.
Last week I received the welcome news that library premises may reopen from 4 July as part of Step 3 of the Government’s recovery plan if the R number (rate of infection) is low enough. With the safety of our customers and staff as a priority, the work required to reopen in line with government guidance, health and safety advice and best practise, is not a simple process.
We normally welcome over 50,000 library visitors and deliver over 200 courses and events each week, however we can only resume services in a limited, safe and socially distanced way. In the coming weeks, staff will start to return safely to our Nottinghamshire Library buildings and Archives to make the necessary preparations for what will be a phased reopening. From week commencing 6 July, we will have a phased reopening to offer a limited loan, information and ICT service, in many of our libraries and the archives. Read more here.
If you’re also wondering about our other services, here is a quick update;
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