A New booking system for Skelmersdale Library is now in place after the facility finally reopened on Monday following lockdown.
Skelmersdale is one of 12 libraries to open up again across Lancashire County Council - but people will need to book an appointment before visiting at www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/libraries or by calling 0300 123 6703.
Other libraries, including Ormskirk, will remain closed for now.
When booking, customers will be asked to provide their name and contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace system. During their visit, customers will be required to wear a face covering.
The opening hours of the libraries will be Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm. Customers can now book an appointment to use either of the two borrowing services available:
- Six of the best – a selection of up to six books made by library staff for the customer and collected from a library at the pre-booked appointment time
- Browse and borrow – to come into the library for a pre-booked 30 minute period and choose books. There will be a limit on how many people can come into the building at any one time
As other libraries will remain closed for now, customers can make an appointment to visit any of the libraries that are open, even if it isn’t their local library.
All visitors will be required to wear a face covering unless they are exempted. Children under 11 will not be required to cover their faces.
Access to computers, printers or photocopiers will not be available in the libraries at first. It is hoped to make these services available again soon.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I’m grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding, and I’d ask everyone to keep an eye on our website and social media channels where we will announce further details of other libraries reopening, when it is safe to do so.”
Anyone wanting to return books can do this by placing them in the returned books container at the entrance of the libraries that are open. No appointment will be necessary to do this, but people may need to queue in a socially distanced way so that this process can be safely managed. Books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are re-shelved.
Customers will not be charged for any overdue items. Library users are being asked to hold onto their books until they can return them to an open library and not try to post them through letter boxes or leave them outside libraries.
Books can be renewed online or by calling 0300 123 6704.