Four libraries in Sheffield to reopen next week – this is what you need to know

Four libraries in Sheffield are finally set to reopen next week.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 1:44 pm

Libraries in England were allowed to welcome back visitors from April 12, the same date on which shops and beer gardens reopened, but those run by Sheffield Council have remained closed other than for collection until now.

That is set to change from next week, beginning Monday, May 10, when Central, Crystal Peaks, Ecclesall and Hillsborough libraries will reopen for people to browse and select their own books.

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A range of safety measures will be in place when libraries in Sheffield begin to reopen from next week
A range of safety measures will be in place when libraries in Sheffield begin to reopen from next week

The opening days and hours will vary and visitors are advised to check before visiting.

Anyone will be allowed to enter the libraries but the number of visitors inside at any given time will be monitored and people could be asked to queue outside if it gets too busy.

Plastic screens will be in place, visitors will be required to wear a face covering, unless exempt, and people will also be asked to sanitise their hands and to follow social distancing guidelines.

Visitors must book in advance to use the computers.

The order and collect service, enabling customers to pick up a selection of five books chosen by library staff based on their preferences, will continue to be available from those and other libraries.

The council says more services are expected to resume in the coming few weeks, with customers advised to keep checking for updates.

All library fines remain suspended until May 31.

For full details of opening hours at the different libraries, and the services available there, visit: shefflibraries.blogspot.com/p/live-library-status-tracker.html.