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Covid-19 Updates

Updated July 27th 2021

Roadmap for reintroducing in-person library services. Hand sanitisation stations, ventilation of our library spaces, regular cleaning and Test & Trace will remain. Services may differ per library. For more information on our libraries, please visit our library pages

Libraries Unlimited annouces their roadmap

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 12th July, Libraries Unlimited confirms the latest updates as we move into Step Four of the roadmap from Monday 19th July. Throughout the pandemic our focus has been keeping customers, staff and volunteers safe and this will continue to be a priority. We will follow any further changes to government guidance over the coming months.

We ask all customers to be kind and respectful towards each other and our staff, and encourage mask wearing in all our libraries. We will maintain the following Covid safety measures – hand sanitisation stations, ventilation of our library spaces and regular cleaning. Test & Trace will remain available.

Library services currently available at your local library are:

  • Book browsing will be available
  • Free access to computers and some libraries will start to offer 2 hour sessions. All libraries will reinstate 2 hour sessions from Tuesday 17th August. You can book in advance.
  • Our indoor cafés in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Cullompton are open, outdoor spaces are also open.
  • The Quiet Room at Exeter Library is open and study space is available in other libraries.
  • Our mobile libraries are on the road offering books and other items.
  • Home library service is available for our housebound customers. Please contact your local library if you would like to hear more about this service.
  • Meeting rooms are available for hire without restrictions.
  • More in-person events are being reintroduced along with our Summer Reading Challenge for children.
  • We continue to offer a wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines and newspapers on our website, as well as a vibrant programme of digital events via our social media.

Here is the latest on borrowing changes coming into effect over the summer:

 

  • We have extended all renewals due from 28th June for 4 weeks.
  • Loans from 26th July will revert to standard loan periods (3 weeks books, 1 week DVDs).
  • You can borrow up to 24 books and from 9th August 2021 numbers of loans will change to 20 books.
  • Reservation charges will recommence on 9th August 2021. Account limit reverts to £5 from 9th August 2021.

 

Information and advice

Reliable and up to date information about the coronavirus situation is available from:

Translated videos in a variety of languages (Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, British Sign Language, Bulgarian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish (Sorani), Latvian, Lithuanian, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese) and a range of information including about the vaccine and information for tourists – for when lockdown restrictions ease. To request information in different formats or languages email customer@devon.gov.uk

In addition, there is remote access to Business Information databases.  Find out more at https://bipc.librariesunlimited.org.uk

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Vulnerable and older customers

We provide invaluable social contact for many of our older and more vulnerable customers. Many of our Home Library Service volunteers are remaining in touch with customers.

Business support

We have a range of online business support, events and information available via our Business and IP Centre.
 

Our libraries

Check your library page for more information.

 
 
Open for Choose and Collect
please pre-arrange a time
 
Open for computer use
please pre-arrange a time
 
Open for meeting rooms
please pre-arrange a time
 
Open for browsing books
please check opening times