Libraries Week - 5-10 October

A warm welcome awaits you at Northumberland Libraries

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This week is National Libraries Week and the message from Northumberland Libraries is “We are open and looking forward to welcoming you back”. 
 
Since July Northumberland Libraries have taken a phased approach to reopening with the safety of members and staff a key priority. 
 
Time Limited Browsing has now been introduced at 12 libraries across the county with members able to have a 15 minute slot to browse books and make their own selection. Social distancing measures have been put in place such as one-way systems and face coverings are now mandatory. 
 
Families are also able to browse books in the children’s area and staff are happy to discuss selections and the types of books required before your visit.  Family groups will be admitted as one unit, but in smaller libraries members are asked to bear in mind the size of their library and to avoid disappointment, ring ahead to discuss their visit with staff. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
 
At most libraries you do not need to book a slot beforehand, but please be aware that numbers are restricted so to avoid disappointment you may want to contact your library prior to arrival. 
 
For those who wish to use IT facilities these are now available at a limited number of libraries and slots should be booked in advance. 
 
Cllr Jeff Watson, cabinet member for the library service at Northumberland County Council, said: “Our library team has been doing an amazing job throughout this pandemic in being able to continue to provide a service to the public. 
 
“We want to reassure members, new and old, that we have put every measure in place to ensure their safety and that are staff are looking forward to welcoming them back into their local library. 
 
“Whilst the digital library continues to offer an excellent service at home, being able to get back into their library and browse the latest titles with staff on hand to help is something many people have been looking forward to. And what better time to make the trip than during Libraries Week.” 
 
Select and Collect is also still being offered at a number of smaller libraries as well as alongside those offering the Time Limited Browsing.

Customers can contact their library direct or fill in an online 
form. Staff will make a selection based on preferences for genres and authors indicated on the form and the bundle of books will be bagged up ready for collection from the library at a predetermined time slot. This service is also available to children. 
 
Opening hours at our libraries have changed so for the most up-to-date information please click here  

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