Crowthorne li­brary now re­open

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

LI­BRARY ser­vices re­sumed in Crowthorne and neigh­bour­ing Brack­nell, but with re­duced opening hours, ear­lier this week.

The two venues were se­lected to form the first phase of a sched­uled re­open­ing plan from Brack­nell For­est Coun­cil.

Both will wel­come booklovers from 10am to 4pm, al­though Brack­nell will be closed on Wed­nes­days.

The li­braries say that this is to en­able staff to un­der­take es­sen­tial tasks in the pub­lic areas whilst no-one else is present.

Brows­ing of books will be lim­ited and a small num­ber of com­put­ers will be avail­able. Th­ese need to be booked in ad­vance.

A num­ber of ini­tia­tives will run to en­able the li­braries to run on a Covid-se­cure ba­sis.

Th­ese in­clude a Se­lect and Col­lect ser­vice al­low­ing peo­ple to re­serve books in ad­vance and col­lect, safely bagged, from the li­brary. There are no reser­va­tion fees and re­quests can be made via the web­site or by phone.

A home de­liv­ery ser­vice is avail­able for over 70s and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple. This is avail­able for reg­is­tered users and more than 400 have been added dur­ing the lock­down.

A spokesper­son said: “We will be ob­serv­ing safety mea­sures in ac­cor­dance with Pub­lic Health guid­ance to en­sure staff and cus­tomer safety. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing you back so get se­lect­ing your books now.”

For­more de­tails, email: Brack­nell.li­brary@brack­nell-for­est.gov.uk or Crowthorne.li­brary@brack­nell-for­est.gov.uk. Al­ter­na­tively, call Brack­nell Li­brary on 01344 423149 or Crowthorne Li­brary on 01344 776431.

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