Following a detailed assessment and taking into account the latest guidance from Government regarding the national lockdown, Cumbria Libraries will continue to provide a selection of essential services during lockdown.
Key services will still be available including select and collect, online services and home delivery services. For digital access to services we are also asking customers to book in advance for access to computers to ensure the best and safest service possible. Book Browsing will not be available during lockdown. Other essential services can also be accessed at your library, such as adult education courses and registrars.
Libraries offer a vital service to many people and to their local community and even with the new national restrictions it is vital that we continue to provide essential services to support our residents health and wellbeing, and to provide a local point of access to key services and support. Libraries are key in helping to achieve this.
Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, said: “Libraries are important community hubs that provide access to a wide variety of services, opportunities and information. Maintaining access to these services is crucial in supporting the health and wellbeing of our residents during this lockdown period.
“A lot of work has been undertaken to ensure libraries provide a safe environment, and I’d like to thank the library staff behind the scenes for all their efforts and dedication. Please make sure you are familiar with all the new advice regarding libraries and please plan your visit in advance.
“Keeping everyone safe is our priority and we will continue to review provision across the county in accordance with national guidance.”
More information about Cumbria Libraries is available online at cumbria.gov.uk/libraries