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Buckinghamshire libraries to offer ‘Request and Collect’ service during lockdown

| November 10, 2020

Nine library buildings in Buckinghamshire are to reopen to offer a ‘Request and Collect’ service.

All libraries in Buckinghamshire are now closed with the second period of national lockdown restrictions under way. However, nine library buildings will reopen from Tuesday 10th November 2020 to offer a ‘Request and Collect’ service as well as providing essential access to computers for customers who need it.

The libraries that will open again from Tuesday 10th November 2020 are:

  • Aylesbury (Closed Tuesdays and will open from Wednesday 11th November 2020)
  • Beaconsfield
  • Buckingham
  • Chesham
  • High Wycombe
  • Little Chalfont Community Library
  • Castlefield Community Library
  • Beacon Villages Community Library
  • Stokenchurch Community Library

Anyone wishing to use the library is advised to check the opening hours for these individual libraries before visiting so they don’t turn up on a day they are usually closed.

Library customers won’t be able to browse for books at the above sites but will be able to use the computers and collect books from these locations that they’ve borrowed using Request and Collect.

All current loans will be extended until the library is able to reopen and no fines will be charged. Items can returned to the libraries at Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Chesham and High Wycombe libraries from Tuesday 10th November 2020.

Anyone wishing to borrow a book is advised to make use of the ‘Request and Collect’ service that operated successfully during the first lockdown period earlier in 2020. Borrowers can let library staff know the kind of books they are interested in and the library staff will choose something suitable based on your preferences.

The safety of library staff and customers is paramount so you don’t have to enter the library to collect requested books and it’s a contactless service. Strict social distancing measures will be in place for anyone using the PCs.

The Buckinghamshire eLibrary is always open too with eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital newspapers and emagazines and online resources, available. Some library staff will also be redeployed to help assist in our response helping vulnerable residents while the libraries are closed.

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘We are really sad to have had to to close the doors to our libraries once again, but obviously it’s essential that we follow the current guidance as we all do our bit to try to reduce the rate of coronavirus infection.

We’ve really adapted our services over recent months and I’m delighted customers can still borrow, read and listen to books and read emagazines even if they can’t browse in person.

We can also continue to offer access to computers for our residents who rely on it too.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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