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More libraries set to reopen

More libraries in Gloucestershire will be reopening their doors to the public following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Four libraries - Newent, Longlevens, Prestbury and Stonehouse - received a hugely positive response to their reopening last week.

The following libraries are now looking forward to welcoming customers back:

1. Cheltenham Library, Tuesday 18 August

2. Churchdown Library, Tuesday 18 August

3. Fairford Library, Monday 24 August

4. Hucclecote Library, Monday 24 August

5. Winchcombe Library, Monday 24 August

6. Charlton Kings Library, Tuesday 25 August

7. Wotton-under-Edge Library, Tuesday 25 August

Each library will have a certain amount of people allowed in at any one time depending on the size of the building. There will be hand sanitisers available and a one-way system in many libraries, but in some of the more complex buildings 2m markings will be in place instead to help people to socially distance.

New regulations mean that customers must wear face coverings inside libraries and they would kindly ask anyone with Covid-19 symptoms not to visit.

Public computers are available to book up to three days in advance on a limited basis to meet demand and hygiene requirements.

For more information on your local library, including opening times and days, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries-are-back

1. Libraries continue to offer collection services, enabling customers to request books, DVDs and other items they would like to borrow, for more information visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/covid-recovery-reopening-and-service-availability/collection-services 

2. For a full list of libraries offering collection services and more details about the digital library service, including digital books, magazines and other resources, see: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/our-response-to-covid-19-accessing-library-services-from-home 

If you haven't yet joined your local library and would like to browse their digital catalogue and take advantage of the collection services, go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/join-the-library 

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We know how much people value their local library so it's great news that more are being reopened. I'd ask customers to please be patient while visiting as it will be a different experience than before.

"It's really important that everyone follows the social distancing measures when visiting, so we can make sure all our libraries remain safe for our staff and customers and we can continue to open more over the coming weeks."

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