Derry Central Library to reopen as part of a new July pilot scheme

Derry Central Library will reopen for the new book and collect scheme from Thursday July 23.Derry Central Library will reopen for the new book and collect scheme from Thursday July 23.
Derry Central Library will reopen for the new book and collect scheme from Thursday July 23.
Derry’s Central Library is to reopen as part of a pilot ‘book and collect’ scheme which begins on Thursday July 23.

Libraries NI has announced that, as part of the pilot scheme for reopening libraries, 90 libraries will start to provide customers with the book and collect service.

The Book and Collect service will enable library members to phone their local library to request a selection of books and arrange contactless collection and will remain in place until such time as their library reopens.

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Derry Central Library will reopen to allow customers access to the branch for book browsing and limited access to IT on Thursday 23 July. Derry Central Library is part of the first phase of a larger pilot to test our new approach to service delivery which will aim to keep customers and staff safe whilst also learning lessons to facilitate the smooth reopening of other local libraries as soon as possible.

The following temporary opening hours for Derry Central Library will be in operation from Thursday 23 July: Monday: Closed, Tuesday: 9:30am to 7:00pm, Wednesday: 9:30am to 5:00pm, Thursday: 9:30am to 5:00pm, Friday: 9:30am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday – Closed.

As a guide for both staff and customers, a customer charter has been developed to help everyone understand the new operational measures that will be in place for their safety. In order to maintain social distancing, there will be controls on the number of people allowed in the library at any one time and customers will be asked to limit themselves to 30 minutes browsing and/or 30 minutes computer use initially. Toilet facilities will be closed during the pilot phase and printing or photocopying will also be unavailable. As public health guidance changes, this preliminary service offering will be reviewed.

In a similar approach to safety, as customers will see elsewhere, staff will be equipped with relevant PPE, screens will be installed at customer desks, hand sanitiser will be available for all customers entering the library and a high level of cleaning will take place. Returned books will also be stored for a period before being returned to the shelves.

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For the reopening pilot to be a success, staff and customers need to work together. Customers are asked to follow guidance, maintain social distancing while inside the library and to please stay at home if they have any coronavirus like symptoms. To facilitate these new services and to help us prepare for reopening, customers are encouraged to return books to all libraries from Monday 6 July.

Full details on times available to return books and operational hours for the new Book and Collect service in all other libraries, is available on our website

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