Li­braries have longer hours af­ter re­open­ing

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THE Lan­cashire li­braries that re­opened last month are to have longer open­ing hours.

As of Mon­day, Au­gust 17, the open­ing hours have been ex­tended to 2pm to 4pm Mon­day to Fri­day, in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing 10am to 1pm.

The 12 li­braries are: Ac­cring­ton; Ans­dell; Chor­ley; Coal Clough; Ful­wood; Garstang; Ley­land; More­cambe; Nel­son; Rawten­stall; Skelmers­dale and Whal­ley.

Peo­ple will still need to book an ap­point­ment be­fore vis­it­ing.

Ap­point­ments can now be booked to use the Six of the Best Ser­vice in the af­ter­noon af­ter Au­gust 17, and slots to use the Browse and Bor­row Ser­vice will be made avail­able.

The Browse and Bor­row Ser­vice means that cus­tomers are able to come into the li­brary for a pre­booked 30 minute pe­riod and choose up to 20 books. There will be a limit on how many peo­ple can come into the build­ing at any one time.

Some of the pub­lic ac­cess com­put­ers will also be avail­able at the li­braries that have opened. Cus­tomers should use the on­line book­ing sys­tem to use this ser­vice.

The on­line sys­tem to book an ap­point­ment is avail­able at www. lan­cashire.gov.uk/coro­n­avirusup­dates/li­braries For those who can’t book on­line, ap­point­ments can be made by call­ing 0300 123 6703.

When vis­it­ing the li­brary for a Browse and Bor­row ap­point­ment or to use the pub­lic PCs, 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 ground floor lend­ing li­brary at the Har­ris in Pre­ston, which is run by Pre­ston City Coun­cil on be­half of Lan­cashire County Coun­cil, has been open since July 11.

Books can be re­turned and bor­rowed with­out an ap­point­ment at the Har­ris.

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 print­ers and pho­to­copiers is also avail­able as of Au­gust 17.

County Coun­cil­lor Peter Buck­ley, Lan­cashire County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity and cul­tural ser­vices, said: “It is great that we have started to wel­come our cus­tomers back into our li­braries, but we are tak­ing a phased, step-bystep ap­proach to this.

“I am sure that cus­tomers will ap­pre­ci­ate the longer open­ing hours, as we try to cautiously get back to a nor­mal ser­vice.

“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 more li­braries re­open­ing.”

Any­one want­ing to re­turn books can do this by plac­ing them in the re­turned books con­tainer at the en­trance of the open li­braries.

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.

Li­braries have been granted longer open­ing hours County Coun­cil­lor Peter Buck­ley

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