LIBRARY REOPENS MORNINGS FOR COLLECTION OF PRE-ORDERED BOOKS AND RETURNS

Crewkerne Library reopened yesterday morning for those wishing to collect books that have been pre-ordered online or to return books on loan. The library in Falkland Square will be open for limited services on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.30 am until 1 pm and on Saturdays from 9.30 am until 12 noon. No browsing of books, audio-books or DVDs, photocopying or computer use is currently permitted, in line with the Government’s coronavirus national lockdown guidance.

Sixteen other libraries across Somerset, including South Petherton and Yeovil also reopened yesterday morning for the latest ‘expansion of limited library services’ with another five libraries in the county, including Ilminster reopening this morning and libraries at Chard, Bishops Lydeard and Nether Stowey set to reopen next Monday, March 15th followed by Bruton and Castle Cary on March 23rd.

A spokesperson for Somerset Libraries said: “You do not need to visit a library to return items at present but you may do so if you wish. All items that were on loan but not overdue were automatically extended to at least March 31st and overdue charges are currently paused until 4th May – for items that were not overdue by December 25th, 2020. Items borrowed during March and April will be issued until the first week in May, so you do not need to rush back to return them. All returned items are quarantined for at least 72 hours before being made available to loan again.”

Library account holders can check return dates and order books through the online service at www.librarieswest.org.uk or by using the LibrariesWest app. Anyone who needs helps with logging in or has any queries about their loans can also contact library staff for assistance by phoning 0300 123 2224 or by sending an email to libraries@somerset.gov.uk.

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