COVID-19: Information for Library Visitors

We have special arrangements in place to keep us all safe during the pandemic. We’d be grateful if you would please note them before your visit to the library.

We’re limiting the number of people in the library at any one time and at busy times we need to maintain a flow to give as many people as possible the chance to choose books. If we’re quiet, you’re most welcome to linger and browse. Please don’t dwell too long if we’re busy.

If you’re only visiting to return items you’ll find a bin for returns just inside the library entrance so there’ll be no need to enter main library area. We will check your items back in once they have completed a 72-hour quarantine.

We’re very sorry that there are no newspapers, seating or toilet facilities at present.

Visiting the library

We have a one-way system in operation. You’ll enter the library via the front main entrance. As you come in you’ll find bins in which you can place any items you’re returning.

After leaving your contact details for track & trace and using the hand sanitising station, you’ll follow a one-way route through the library. Please observe social distancing and our safety guidelines – see below.

You’ll then leave the building via the rear door, using the self-service kiosk by the exit to check-out any items you wish to borrow.

If this seems a bit confusing please don’t worry. We have our friendly volunteers on hand to guide you.

Safety GUIDELINES

  • Please wear a facemask when you’re in the library.
  • We have a simple track and trace system in place. Just record your name and phone number on the sheet provided at the library entrance. Alternatively, use the NHS Covid-19 app on your phone to scan the QR code displayed in the library entrance.
  • Please sanitise your hands upon entry and exit from the library. You’ll find hand sanitising stations at various locations around the building.
  • If you’re using a public computer please sanitise your hands before using the workstation and after you’ve finished. We clean the workstations before and after each customer.
  • At the moment we’re not allowing unaccompanied children under 12 years old into the library. Only two children per adult please.
  • Please don’t bring food or drinks into the library.
  • Please try and observe the two-metre distancing rule.
  • We may ask you to wait outside briefly if the library is busy.  Hopefully this will only be for a few minutes.

If you are reminded about these guidelines while you are with us please remember that the person asking you is a volunteer giving their time to keep the community library open. Please be patient and polite.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you very much for using the library.

Questions and CONCERNS?

If you have any queries about these arrangements please email us at ecl.generalenquiries@gmail.com or phone us on 01609 534584. If you leave a voicemail message don’t forget to include your contact details.