Libraries

All of our library branches are now open (except Priory Library) but with some changes to our available facilities. 

We're also collecting visitor details to support NHS Test and Trace and make sure we can safely remain open. Find out more about how we're supporting NHS Test and Trace.

You can find out about the changes in-branch below.

Which libraries are open?

All of our libraries are now open, except Priory library.

Find a library near you.

Can I borrow books?

You can browse and borrow books at all of our libraries (except Priory library).

You can also order books online with our order and collect service and pick them up at any branch (except Priory library).

How do I use the order and collect service?

You can order books online with our order and collect service to pick up books from any of our open libraries.

Alternatively you can call us to request books on (01226) 773555 and you'll be put through to one of our library staff.

Watch our video on how to use the order and collect service.

Do I need to return books I borrowed before libraries closed?

There's no rush for you to return books. We no longer have late fees on books, so please return these when you're able.

Can I use the computers in my library?

You can use a computer at all our open libraries but they must be booked in advance. Find out more about using a computer in our libraries or book to use a computer online. Please note, computers can currently only be booked for one hour and only one person can use the computer at a time.

Alternatively you can call us on (01226) 773555 and you'll be put through to one of our library staff.

Watch our video on how to book a library PC.

Can I use the printer, photocopier or scanner at my library?

Yes - printing will be available at most of our open libraries. Unfortunately Cudworth, Grimethorpe and Roundhouse libraries are unable to offer printing and you'll not be able to use the photocopier or scanner at any location.

How long can I stay at the library?

We'll be asking people to keep their visit short so that others can use the library. We'll also be limiting visitor numbers.

Can I bring my child with me?

You can, but children under the age of 12 years must always be accompanied by an adult and be supervised.

What time are libraries open from and until?

Visit our webpages to view our amended opening times for each library:

Can I book a room at the library?

We're not taking room bookings at this time.

Will my normal groups be taking place?

No events, groups or activities are taking place.

Do I need to wear a face-covering to come into the library?

Face coverings are mandatory in libraries unless you are exempt.

Find out more about wearing face coverings.

Will I be able to sit in the library and read my book or newspaper?

Currently there won't be any seating available in our libraries.

What should I do if I'm shielding or in a high-risk group?

We ask that you stay at home and use our online reading service. Find out more about our eBooks service.

You don't need to worry about returning books as there are no late fees and we understand that due to the circumstances not everyone will be able to visit their local library.

Will there be any face-to-face meetings that usually take place in the library?

No, these have been suspended for the time being.

Will toilet facilities be available?

Toilets will not be available, except in the Library @ the Lightbox where there will also be changing place facilities.

How do I become a library member?

Complete our online form to join a library or find out more about joining a local library.

We'll then post out your membership card to you for you to be able to access our online services or visit us. You'll still be able to join the library in our branches, but may need to wait a bit longer if we have queues. 

What social distancing measures are in place?

There's floor markings to adhere to two metres social distancing requirements. There's also lots of signage advising you what to do, asking you to use hand sanitiser, pointing out queuing and waiting areas and marks to show areas where only one customer can go.

Each library is very different in layout and size so signage may vary slightly. Staff will also be on hand to explain things to you.

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