Nailsea Library is reopening from Monday 10th August.
North Somerset Libraries have begun their phased reopening programme – which began on Monday 3rd August – with the reopening of Clevedon Library and For All Healthy Living Centre Library in Weston-super-Mare. And from Monday 10th August, Nailsea Library in Crown Glass Shopping Centre will be open for the first time since it closed in March.
The library will be operating on reduced opening hours initially:
Tuesday: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Wednesday: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Friday: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Like all other types of public buildings, the library will look and feel quite different to usual, following government advice and guidelines. Careful distancing and safety measures are in place to help keep customers and staff safe. Here are some of the measures the library is implementing:
The number of people allowed in the library at any one time will be restricted, so customers may have a short wait before they can enter.
Customers will be encouraged to limit the time they spend in the library.
Customers are asked to:
Respect a two-metre distance with staff and other customers.
Sanitise their hands on entry.
Wear a face covering if possible.
Customers will be able to borrow books using self-service facilities.
To use the computers and print documents you need to book an appointment by calling or emailing the library.
Staff will not be able to offer face-to-face enquiries or assistance with computers.
Seating areas will be reduced.
There will be no events or activities and no newspapers or reference material available.
Details of customers will be taken to support NHS Test and Trace.
Any changes to the above measures will be introduced gradually, focusing on the health and safety of staff, customers, residents and volunteers.
Click & Collect Service
The contact-free click and collect service will continue to be offered.
You tell the library what kind of books you enjoy reading.
The library chooses and recommends up to six books for you.
You collect your books safely from the library at a pre-arranged time and date.
If you’d like to reserve and borrow a specific book(s), you can place your order by either calling or emailing the library. You will be required to provide your library card number when placing an order (if you’re not a member you can join for free on the LibrariesWest website).
Providing the specific titles are available, you will be offered a time to come and collect your books where they will be ready waiting for you at the library entrance. If you have specific access requirements, please let the library know when you place your order.
Books can be returned through the external book drop or letterbox. They will then be quarantined for a safe period before they become available for others to borrow.
All books on loan at the start of lockdown have been extended until the beginning of September.
Summer Reading Challenge 2020
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is slightly different to previous years – as access to physical books has been limited, this year’s challenge has gone digital! Children taking part will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all different kinds of funny books.
Once signed-up, children will be able to access e books and e audio books for free, as well as set reading goals, review books, view book recommendations, access rewards and more.