Lockdown two – libraries still here for you

Following the new COVID-19 restrictions which came into effect on the 5 November, Somerset Libraries would like to reassure customers that key services are remaining in place during this new lockdown period.

The popular “library choice” service and the reservation service for specific requests will continue to be available, but customers will no longer be able to browse shelves.

The libraries service will also still provide limited access to the people’s network computers which will be available for essential users.

The “Library choice” service enables you to request up to ten books hand-picked by a member of staff based on your favourite genres or authors.

Simply complete the request form on the Somerset Libraries website, or in person at the library, and staff will be in touch regarding your selections.

Alternatively, if you want to borrow a particular title, then you can still use the reservation system via www.LibrariesWest.org.uk (charges may apply).

From Thursday 5 November, all items already on loan or items borrowed during lockdown will not be due back any earlier than 14 December. Library staff can offer a longer loan period if required, and all loans can be renewed online, by contacting libraiesmail@somerset.gov.uk or telephoning 0300 123 2224.

The excellent online offer continues, so that library members can download books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and comics free of charge. What’s more, regular online events and updates will be posted across the Somerset Libraries social media pages.

Visit www.somersetlibraries.co.uk for more information and find ‘Somerset Libraries UK’ on Facebook, @SomersetLib on Twitter or search for Somerset Libraries on Instagram.

Councillor David Hall, Cabinet member for Economic Development and Community Infrastructure, said: “Somerset County Council recognises the valuable support that our libraries can offer people during these difficult times. There is national evidence that reading, whether physical or digital, can really help improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people.

“Feedback we have already received from our varied online programme of activity shows how much Somerset residents appreciate the efforts of our wonderful library staff.”  

A Home Library doorstep delivery service is also still available for those who may not be able to leave their home – more details can be found online or by contacting librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk or by telephoning 0300 123 2224

The mobile library will be out and about as usual, providing a ‘Library Choice’ Service.  Simply use the request form to place your order as above. Browsing on the mobile library will be temporarily suspended.