Reading Central Library reopens by appointment only

Reading’s Library Service has made the important first step towards the welcome return of its popular service, with the safety of the public and staff at the forefront of all reopening plans.

To begin with, the service will be operating at a reduced level to accommodate safety measures.

The Council is urging people to only come to the library if they have booked an appointment in advance. People can now order books online via a click and collect service and collect them at Central Library. To view new opening times and to use the click and collect service, visit www.reading.gov.uk/libraryrestart  or call 0118 937 5950 to place an order.

Access to book collections and to the building will now be via the rear entrance on Abbey Square with the exit onto Kings Road. The lift will be available inside, so everything within the library is fully accessible.

For safety, at present, there will be no access to browse shelves or newspapers, use toilets, access WIFI or use study spaces. It is hoped these services will be reintroduced as soon as it is safe to do so.

There will be some limited access to computers, which can be booked in advance via 0118 937 5950. Some computers have been turned off to allow for a 2m distance and keyboards will also be cleaned between appointments.

Visa appointments will resume from 3 August.

To keep everyone safe in the library please:

-do not visit us if you are feeling unwell or have any coronavirus symptoms (new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell)

-only come if you have booked via www.reading.gov.uk/libraryrestart or 0118 937 5950

-help everyone maintain a minimum 2m distance

-be patient if you need to queue

-use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands before and after your visit

-wear a face covering if you can. It is not mandatory, but contributes to protecting others

-ensure children are accompanied and closely supervised by an adult.

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