Libraries continue to provide essential services
From 6 January, in line with government guidance regarding the Coronavirus National Lockdown, limited services will be provided from Bridgwater, Frome, Taunton, and Yeovil Libraries. All other libraries are temporarily closed. Please note that opening hours are reduced as follows: Yeovil and Frome 10am to 2pm (Monday to Saturday), Taunton and Bridgwater 9.30am to 1.30pm (Monday to Saturday).
Please note that these arrangements may change at short notice following regular review and risk assessments.
Bridgwater, Frome, Taunton and Yeovil libraries will continue to provide People’s Network public access computers, for free of charge essential internet access. Computer availability is reduced due to social distancing measures, face coverings are essential and you may need to book in advance. Struggling to print essential documents at home? For a small charge, you can print from library computers, or use our new Wi-Fi printing service to print from your personal Apple and Android wireless devices.
While browsing is not currently possible, our popular Library Choice Service and the reservation service for specific requests will continue to be available from Bridgwater, Frome, Taunton and Yeovil. 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 about your selections. Or, if you wish to borrow a particular title, you can use the reservation system via librarieswest.org.uk. Charges may apply and you will be notified by email, SMS or letter when your item is available.
Although customers can still return books and DVDs to Bridgwater, Frome, Taunton and Yeovil libraries, we are not actively encouraging you to do so and have extended all loan periods for books and DVDs currently out on loan, and not overdue, to at least the 15 February 2021. Therefore, if you live in an area where your local library is temporarily closed or if you are unable to travel, you do not need to return any items before this date. It is likely that return dates will be further extended following regular reviews of national lockdown. All customers are advised to keep checking their online account to monitor loan periods and due dates.
In line with government national lockdown guidance please note that both the mobile library service and the home library service are temporarily not operating.
You can still join and use the library online, it’s quicker and easier than ever. Library membership gives you access to a huge range of online content, 1000’s of downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and comics – free of charge.
Many online resources are also available for you to access from home as well as in the library, why not take advantage of home access to Ancestry to research your family history, currently extended to 31 March 2021.
We will continue to post regular online events and updates across Somerset Libraries social media pages. Find “Somerset Libraries” on Facebook, @SomersetLib on Twitter, or search “Somerset Libraries” on Instagram.
All Somerset County Council Libraries are operating NHS Test and Trace, following government legislation. This means that when visiting a Library, if you have a smart phone you will need to scan the NHS QR posters located at the entrance.
If you don’t have a smart phone, don’t worry – we will be taking your contact details manually as before.
NHS Test and Trace is a government service designed to help identify and notify people who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. You can find more information on how test and trace works here. You can download the app for free on IOS and Android.
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