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Shropshire libraries to enter next phase of reopening plan

The next phase of opening libraries in Shrewsbury and Oswestry is set to begin.

Libraries in Shrewsbury and Oswestry will be opening their doors to customers from Monday 20th July. These libraries have been operating a click & collect service for the past couple of weeks but the libraries themselves have not been open to customers since March when the national lockdown began. 

In reopening these libraries, the safety of everyone remains the top priority so various measures will be incorporated, including hand-sanitising facilities, limits on the number of people using each library at any one time, and quarantining of all returned library stock.

Also from Monday 20th July the Ready Reads click & collect service will be made available from libraries in Bishop’s Castle, Bridgnorth, Broseley, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Ellesmere, Market Drayton, Shifnal and Whitchurch. Although these libraries themselves will remain closed until 3rd August the Ready Reads service will enable people to borrow library books in the meantime and to return books which they may currently have on loan.

Michael Lewis, Shropshire Council’s Library Service Manager said: “Our Ready Reads service has been really popular with customers, many of whom have appreciated receiving book choices selected by library staff. We’ve had well over 300 people using the service in the first 5 days alone. However, we’re excited about the next step which is to enable customers to come into Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Oswestry libraries. Once again we’ll be reviewing how this goes before opening the rest or our libraries in August.”

In the three libraries that are reopening customers will be able to browse the shelves and borrow library stock. Wi-fi and computer access will also be available, although library computers will need to be booked in advance by contacting the relevant library.

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