Remaining borough libraries to be open by end of the month (September)

Published on: Monday, 7th September 2020

All borough libraries will be open again and operating their normal opening hours by the end of the month.

The County Council had to temporarily close all our libraries and stop the mobile library service in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but started to roll out a phased reopening at the beginning of July, starting with the larger branches, including Long Eaton and Ilkeston, which are open for browsing.

While customers can now browse the shelves at reopened libraries, use of computers must still be booked by contacting the library direct by phone.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis said: “To be in a position where all but one of our libraries will shortly be reopened is fantastic news and I’m sure our library users across the county will really welcome this.

“We have opened the libraries in this phased way to ensure customer and staff safety, which is always our priority.  We have looked at what has worked well and made sure this has been passed on as more libraries start to reopen, and this has made it a smooth, safe process, and with each library opening it’s felt like another step towards getting the service back to normal.”

Sandiacre library will be one of five sites to reopen on 5th September, whilst Borrowash will reopen its doors week commencing 28th September. 

People are being asked to return books they have borrowed on their next visit to their library, and the 3-week loan period will shortly be re-introduced.

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