Make a fresh start this year with Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries are launching two new initiatives to encourage people back through the doors.

Since libraries reopened their doors last April, following the end of lockdown, thousands of local people have started to embrace library services again. Libraries have had over half a million visits and have welcomed over 16,000 new members.

To encourage even more people to reconnect with library services and support communities as they start to recover from the impact of the pandemic Somerset Libraries is running two initiatives from 21st January until the 31st March.

Children and young people aged 17 and under will not be charged for using any library services.  This includes requesting books from other libraries, borrowing DVDs and no charges for the late return of items!

The service will also be happy to clear outstanding charges, for all customers, incurred before 21st January 2022, no questions asked.

To take advantage of this ‘welcome back’ offer, visit your local library before the 31st March and speak to a member of staff.

The library has a whole host of measures in place to help you easily manage your account. Talk to one of their friendly library staff to discuss what might work best for you.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said “It’s fantastic that communities are embracing their local library once again, and we hope that this charges amnesty can provide a bit of extra support to those hardest hit by the pandemic, in particular children and young people.

“This is a great opportunity for people to get down to their local library and reignite that love of reading! And if you haven’t visited the library for a while, you may find things have changed, as there are a whole host of new services, including e-books, e-magazines, and e-newspapers. So, pop down to your local library and find out more!”

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