COVID-19: Information for Library Visitors

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the community library. We have special arrangements in place to keep us all safe and we’d be grateful if you would please follow them whilst you are with us.

We are limiting the number of people in the building at any one time and need to keep up a flow to give as many people as possible the chance to choose books. You are most welcome to browse, but please don’t dwell too long if we’re busy.

We are very sorry – there are no newspapers, seating, or a public toilet at present.

If you’re not comfortable about visiting the library in person to choose your books, don’t forget our Book Bundles service – a useful alternative way of getting some fresh reads.

Visiting the library

We have a one-way system in operation. You’ll enter the library via the rear fire door – follow the signs from the usual front 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 procedures – see below.

Use the self-service kiosks on your way out to check-out any items you wish to borrow. You’ll then leave the building via the front door.

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

Safety Procedures

  • Please wear a face covering when you’re in the library. This became mandatory in public libraries on 8th August.
  • We have a simple track and trace system in place. Just record your name and telephone contact details on the sheet provided at the library entrance.
  • Please sanitise your hands upon entry and exit from the library.
  • 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/after each use.
  • We are not allowing mobility scooters, prams or pushchairs into the library at the moment because of space limitations.
  • No unaccompanied children under 12 years old please.
  • Only two children per adult please.
  • Please don’t bring food and drink into the library.
  • Please try and observe the two-metre distancing rule.
  • A volunteer may ask you to wait outside briefly if the library is busy.  Hopefully this will only be for a few minutes.

You may be reminded to abide by one or more of these rules. The person asking you is a volunteer giving their time to keep the community library open. Please be patient and polite.

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

Questions and CONCERNS?

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