First libraries to re-open next week

Published: Friday 7 August 2020

Libraries like this one in Hamilton are set to reopen on a phased basis starting on Monday.

Four of South Lanarkshire’s biggest libraries will re-open on Monday, 10 August. 

Hamilton Town House Library, Rutherglen Library, East Kilbride Central Library and Lanark Library will all welcome back visitors more than four months after the national lockdown forced their closure.

The move will herald the staged re-opening of libraries with news on the remainder of the area’s 23 local libraries being shared as the programme moves forward. With safety of staff and visitors paramount, the team from South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) are working to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from a return to library use. 

As a result, several measures will be in place to protect all users including:

  • Controlled numbers of visitors in the early stages 
  • Reception screens and PPE for staff
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes
  • Test and Protect registers
  • Sanitising stations 
  • Compulsory wearing of face coverings by visitors 

Opening hours for all four libraries in the initial stages will also be reduced to allow for the new cleaning regimes with each opening Monday to Friday 10am-3pm, and 10am-2pm on Saturdays. 

Throughout the pandemic, SLLC has continued to create and promote opportunities for the public to engage with library services in new and alternative ways. David Booth, SLLC General Manager, said: “Throughout the lockdown period we have continued to deliver library services through our digital offer, enabling customers to enjoy free eBooks and eAudiobooks on Borrowbox, as well as free eNewspapers and eMagazines on the PressReader and RBDigital platforms. 

“We have also expanded the Library Home Delivery Service to people who were shielding or self-isolating, and very recently introduced a pilot ‘Connect and Collect’ service for those without access to the internet. On top of that we have made sure that anyone with books out on loan had their borrowing time automatically extended, fee-free for the duration.” 

ActiveIT learning centre services will also re-open in the four libraries albeit with a reduced number of PCs available to ensure physical distancing. Enhanced cleaning will take place in the centre and customers are asked to book by calling their preferred library. 

If you’re not already a library member, and would like to join, you can do so online

For more information on Active IT or to book a PC get in touch with  East Kilbride Central, Rutherglen, Hamilton Town House or Lanark library.