West Sussex Libraries reopen for browsing next week

All 36 West Sussex Libraries will reopen their doors to the public on Monday, April 12 for limited browsing and pre-bookable IT sessions.

Staff are looking forward to welcoming local residents back into libraries and can’t wait to see their regular customers alongside new visitors who have discovered the wonders of the service during lockdown.

To keep customers and staff safe, COVID-secure measures will be in place throughout all West Sussex County Council Library buildings.

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These include asking all staff and visitors to wear a face covering, unless exempt; asking everyone to sanitise their hands as they come into the building; continuing to take returned items at the library entrance only; limiting the number of people in the library at any one time; additional arrows and floor markings where needed; safety screens at service points; furniture moved to create more space; and asking visitors to complete a Test and Trace form or to check in themselves using the app.

Horsham Library. Picture by Steve Cobb

Returned stock will also be quarantined for 72 hours before going back out on the shelves.

The Library Service Customer Charter describes in more detail what measures are in place to keep visitors safe and there is also a picture version which has a quick summary.

For those who want to keep their time in the libraries minimal, the Select and Collect offer will remain in place.

A limited, pre-bookable IT service will also be available in all 36 libraries.

These one-hour sessions will need to be booked in advance, either by phoning or visiting your local library.

For current library opening hours and your nearest library, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries.

Opening hours will be updated on Monday 12 April.