We are delighted to announce that from 12 April, in line with government guidance our libraries are re-opening for you to come and choose your books, talking books and DVDs and use our computers. You can see the opening hours here – full details of opening hours
Please note that these arrangements may change at short notice following regular reviews and risk assessments.
Our libraries will continue to provide People’s Network public access computers for internet access. Computer availability is reduced due to social distancing measures. Face coverings are essential, and it is advisable to check with your local library in advance of visiting, as you may need to book a session in advance. Struggling to print 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.
We will continue to offer our popular Library Choice Service and you can also use the reservation service for specific books that you would like to read.
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. Complete the request form on the Somerset Libraries website, or in person at the library, and staff will be in touch about your selections. If you wish to borrow a particular title, you can use the reservation system at librarieswest.org.uk. Charges may apply and you will be notified by email, SMS or letter when your item is available.
We have extended all loan periods for books, Talking Books and DVDs currently out on loan, and not overdue, to at least 5 May. All customers are advised to keep checking their online account to monitor loan periods and due dates.
Many online resources are also available for you to access from home as well as in the library. If you enjoy researching your family history, take advantage of home access to Ancestry, currently extended to June 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.
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, 1000s of downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and comics – free of charge.
All Somerset County Council Libraries are operating NHS Test and Trace, following government legislation. 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 record your contact details manually..
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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