Our reopening plans

We're pleased that as part of government plans we're looking at reopening our libraries.

Each of our library buildings has a very different layout, so to make sure we're opening in the safest possible way for both the public and our staff, we'll be opening each site in a phased way.

We'll also be 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.

Which libraries are open?

We began phase one of opening our libraries on Monday 6 July. 

We're now into phase two of opening, the following libraries are currently open:

Phase three will be the opening of other libraries. 

Find a library near you.

When does my local library open again?

Each library has a very different layout which means they will all need individual opening arrangements. Therefore, we've decided to open in a phased way.

Before opening all our libraries we wanted to make sure that everything is in place ready for each library to open safely, before opening other locations.

Can I borrow books?

You can browse and borrow books at 

You can order books online with our order and collect service to all of our open libraries.

Order books online with our order and collect service

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

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

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

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

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 any one time.

Alternatively you can call us on (01226) 773555.

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 will 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. 

Can I book a room at the library?

We'll not be taking room bookings at this time.

Will my normal groups be taking place?

No events, groups or activities will be taking place.

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

We would encourage wearing a face covering when you come to the library. You'll still need to adhere to social distancing and regular hand washing.

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 places 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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