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Library in Stamford to reopen next week with new takeaway service

The library in Stamford will be open for communities to use again from Monday (July 13).

The site in High Street will open after a three month Covid-19 lockdown break, along with 12 others in Lincolnshire, in line with government guidance, and will have a number of safety measures in place.

Entry will be on a one-in-one-out system, there will be more frequent cleaning, stock quarantining and hand sanitising stations.

Stamford Library
Stamford Library

Sites may have different opening hours (yet to be confirmed) and will have new ways of working – including a new Library Takeaway – where residents can call or email with their interests or reserve specific items themselves via the online library catalogue. Staff will select items for customers and then call them to arrange a convenient day and time for collection.

Libraries will also offer limited access to a PC for those without access at home, although these will need to be pre-booked via library staff in advance.

All existing loans have been extended to September 1, so residents do not need to worry about incurring any charges if they are unable to visit a reopened library due to shielding or location. All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before making them available for others to borrow.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for culture and heritage at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “In partnership with GLL, our library service provider, we've been working hard to get our core libraries ready for reopening next week. Safety is of paramount importance, so we're doing all we can to make sure they are Covid-19 compliant, so people can get back to using the service. We're very much looking forward to welcoming our readers and users back.

"That said, we know that some residents will chose to continue to access our services in a different way, so our digital library is always open and your Lincolnshire Library Card gets you access to thousands of ebooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, online newspapers, learning resources and emusic. Simply, visit lincolnshire.spydus.co.uk for more details.”

Nicola Rogers, Better partnership manager for Lincolnshire Libraries, added: “Library staff are working hard behind the scenes readying our main libraries for the welcome return of customers from Monday.

"Things will look and feel a little different, of course, as we prioritise the safety of customers and staff.”

“We’d encourage customers to visit our website www.better.org.uk/Lincolnshire-libraries where we will publish full details of our reopening services as well as new temporary opening hours. We are also posting regular updates on our @Lincslibraries Facebook and Twitter pages.”

"We thank customers for bearing with us at this time and look forward to serving them once again when we reopen."

Library hubs, such as those in Bourne and the Deepings, are run by the community and will reopen later in the summer.

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