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From today, 12 April, and in line with Government guidance, more library services will be available from Better Libraries in Bromley, Greenwich, Dudley, Lincolnshire and Wandsworth.

Customers will be able to visit libraries to return items, browse a range of stock and access computers, scanners and photocopiers. 

Study spaces will be available in some libraries for the first time in over three months.

Some libraries have used lockdown to get a spruce-up and are now offering lighter and brighter spaces.

Outreach Library Services which offer a lifeline to isolated, housebound and vulnerable residents will return also.

Better's digital and remote services will continue. The use of virtual library services increased two hundred percent during the pandemic, with thousands of people accessing books, newspapers, magazines, and music and research tools online. 

All Better's library services are provided under Covid 19 Safe protocols with a 72 hour quarantine period for returned  books, face coverings and social distancing required, sanitiser points and enhanced cleaning.  Social distancing guidelines will be continuing.

Library events and activities will remain online for now including story times, craft sessions, poetry readings, author talks and fitness classes.

Better’s National Director of Libraries, Diana Edmonds, MBE said: “Our library staff have again done an incredible job during this year’s lockdown providing click & collect services and a full range of activities online. For many it's been a real lifeline during this difficult time.

“I’m delighted that our library buildings can now welcome the public in again. We are rolling out the reopening of our libraries carefully, and we are looking forward to providing a full range of services as soon as it is safe to do so.”

 

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