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Arrangements for Wiltshire libraries during Lockdown2

November 5, 2020 8:28 PM

Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Royal Wootton Bassett and Westbury libraries will continue to offer an order and collect service and bookable computers, just as they have done recently.

From Monday 9 November Chippenham, Devizes, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster libraries will also be offering an order and collect service and bookable computers. Those libraries will be closed until then.

Corsham and Tidworth libraries are shut for the duration, as are Cricklade, Mere, Pewsey and Wilton.

Aldbourne, Box, Downton, Durrington, Ludgershall, Lyneham, Market Lavington, Netheravon, Purton, Ramsbury and Tisbury, which haven't reopened since the pandemic started, will remain closed.

The mobile library service, which only got back on the road recently, will now be off the road again.

Don't worry if you've got books out on loan - all items that were due back from 9 November will be automatically renewed.

All libraries offering the order and collect service will follow social distancing and COVID-19 secure guidelines.

Further information, including how to place an order and book a computer, can be found at https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-order-collect. People must book a computer in advance of attending.

Library opening times and contact details can be found at https://pages.wiltshire.gov.uk/librarylocations.htm

The online library content, which has proven to be popular, will continue. Visit https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-active-communities for more information.

Here's how the order and collect service works:

  • People are asked to let the council know what kind of books they enjoy. This can be done by completing an online form or by phoning the respective library during their opening times.
  • The council will need to know the person's library card number and phone number.
  • Twelve books will then be selected on the person's behalf or 20 for a family - audiobooks can also be selected if the person has an audiobook subscription or membership exemption.
  • When the books are available, the council's library team will contact the person to arrange for them to collect them from the library entrance at a date and time that's convenient for them.
  • When the person arrives, a library team member will ask for the person's name and to see their library card, and then pass on the books.