Coventry libraries working towards reopening

Coventry public libraries have devised a phased plan to gradually reopen services to the public, starting with a ‘Click and Collect’ books service.

Public libraries in Coventry have been working towards reopening their doors again in the safest possible way for visitors and staff, following the coronavirus pandemic, with a plan being put in place by Coventry City Council to gradually phase the service back.

The council’s Central, Tile Hill, Stoke, Foleshill and Bell Green libraries will be the first to open their doors, though a date has not yet been set for reopening.

The first stage of reopening will be a ‘Click and Collect’ service, allowing Coventrians to order a book bundle online or over the telephone and arrange an appointment to collect it.

A few weeks later, libraries will begin to offer some appointments for the public to choose some books from quick choice trolleys in the library.

Computers will also be available for people to book in advance – these will be self-use with no library staff support available due to social distancing.

The library service will then work towards opening up more of the space as things progress nationally.

Cllr Kevin Maton, the cabinet member responsible for libraries at Coventry City Council, commented: “Like many people, I’ve really missed being able to pop in to the library and I’m pleased we’re getting closer and closer to the time when we get back to browsing for a best seller.

“It’s important though that we make sure we’re doing all we can to make sure visitors and staff are safe.”

Library items that are currently on-loan will continue to be renewed and there will be no fines or fees, said Coventry library services.