Libraries service updates
We are open
All our libraries are open. Visit our library directory to see opening hours for your library.
You will be able to browse, use a public PC, and use study facilities.
We look forward to welcoming you back.
Browsing of children's picture books and board books is now available.
You can borrow printed magazines.
From Tuesday 1 June you can browse printed newspapers while keeping a safe distance from other customers.
You can reserve any items you wish to borrow and collect them from whichever library is the most convenient for you using our online library catalogue.
Request charges apply.
Take a look at our selection of online resources:
Join our online events and meet people from the comfort of your home.
Home Library Service
We offer a free Lockdown Delivery Service to anyone who is over 70 or in a critically vulnerable category.
We are not currently accepting new customers for this service. Details about the regular book delivery service for housebound customers can be found on our home library service page.
All customers entering any library building are required to wear a mask. This is a government requirement. We'll ask people who don’t comply to come back another time with a mask. The exceptions are listed on GOV.UK.
Our safety measures include:
- limiting the number of people who can enter each library
- asking every customer to sanitise their hands before entering
- asking customers to follow the signage to queue outside the library and how to move around the building
- IT and study facilities will either be cleaned by library staff after each use or customers will be asked to clean computer workstations and study tables before they start using them
NHS Test and Trace
You will be asked to record your presence in the library using the NHS Test and Trace app.
You can download the app for free from:
When visiting our libraries, you will need to scan the NHS QR posters located at the entrance and within key areas of the building using the app. Upon scanning, you will be asked to provide your name and contact details so you can be notified if you have been exposed to the virus.
If you are unable to use the app, we will record your presence inside the library by taking your name and phone number. We may need to share these details with the NHS in case someone is tested positive for COVID-19. All details will be stored safely and destroyed after 21 days.