More of Surrey’s libraries due to reopen

From 3rd August, a further 12 libraries in Surrey will start offering a click and collect door service allowing customers to return their items and collect Ready Reads and reserved books. These libraries are Ash, Banstead, Bookham, Caterham Hill, Chertsey, Dittons, Ewell, Hersham, Knaphill, Leatherhead, Reigate, and Walton. However, the public will not be allowed into the buildings at present.

Cabinet Member for for All-Age Learning Julie Iles said, "The libraries management team in collaboration with local managers have been working tirelessly to put in place a plan that will see all libraries open by 1st September.

This has been a real team effort and has taken considerable time and ingenuity to get to a stage where we can open libraries confidently, in the knowledge that residents are comfortable using the service and staff feel confident in performing their role in a safe environment."

Also, from 29th July, the use of computers will restart at the 13 libraries which have already reopened (Camberley, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Horley, Oxted, Redhill, Staines, Weybridge, and Woking). There will be a reduced number of computers available to assist social distancing measures, and time spent on a PC will be reduced to 1 hour instead of the usual 2 hours. Sessions will need to be booked either in advance or on the day, and equipment will be cleaned between users.

In addition, the library service is working hard to increase library opening hours, but this will happen gradually owing to the additional capacity needed to manage the new required measures.

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