Some services could return to Northumberland libraries

Members at Northumberland Libraries will soon be able to browse for a new book for a limited time.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 10:00 am
Time limited browsing could soon return to Northumberland libraries.

Time limited browsing has been introduced at some libraries, with more offering the service in coming weeks.

Customers will have 15 minutes to browse and make their own selection. At smaller libraries, where space is more restricted, members who are concerned are advised to contact their library prior to their visit to discuss social distancing measures in place.

The Select and Collect service continues to be available at Bedlington, Blyth, Morpeth and Ponteland.

Members can request books either by contacting their local library or via the website, being allocated a date and time to collect their requested books.

Books can be returned without a pre-arranged appointment, although members are advised to contact the library in advance to ensure this facility is available. Returned books are quarantined for 72 hours.

Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member for library services at Northumberland County Council said: “Time limited browsing is the next step in our phased approach to being able to offer physical library services to our members.

“We have had some fantastic feedback from members about the select and collect service and we hope that the time limited browsing will further support members.

“For those members who are not able to, or do not wish to access these physical services, we continue to offer a comprehensive digital offer with our online library giving members access to hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks.

"We are also continuing with our home library service for those more vulnerable members of the community.”