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Libraries are open for collection services

Published
23.11.2020

All libraries in Gloucestershire are open for collection services during the current period of restrictions.

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Customers may be missing visits to their local library during the lockdown, but you can still arrange for books to be borrowed and access the wide range of online services available.

The services available are:

Off the shelf – we select you collect:

You complete an online form stating the type of books or other items you would like and staff then select on your behalf from the stock held at the library you have chosen. You will then receive an email asking you to choose a time slot for collection.

Reserve & Collect:

To reserve and collect, you simply search the online catalogue, find the items you wish to borrow and reserve them. When the item(s) arrive at your selected library, you will receive an email asking you to select a time slot for collection.

To browse the online catalogue and make your selections visit: https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk

Ring & Read:

If you do not have internet access, you will be able to call one of the libraries and request the type of stock or title required that can then be collected.

Access to public computers:

Some libraries are able to provide limited access to public PCs for essential use only, such as printing. Photocopying is not available and there will be restrictions on internet access. Sessions of up to 50 minutes need to be booked in advance – walk-up access is not available.

For a full list of libraries open to collections and more information please see:

All collections will be managed with social distancing. If you haven’t yet joined your local library and want to browse the digital catalogue and take advantage of the collection services, go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/join-the-library/

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know how much people value their local library so we’d like to remind them of the services that are still available while the current restrictions are in place. Customers can still collect books if they are without internet access by contacting their local library. I’m grateful for the hard work library staff are continuing to do behind the scenes and we are looking forward to them fully reopening again after the lockdown.”

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