July 7, 2020 5.03 pm This story is over 47 months old

Lincolnshire libraries to reopen next week

A takeaway book service will be the new norm

By Local Democracy Reporter

Libraries across Lincolnshire will reopen from July 13, operating a new takeaway book service.

The county’s libraries will run very differently as a result of social distancing, implementing a one-in, one-out system and a 72-hour stock quarantining on all items.

A ‘Library Takeaway’ is being trialled, allowing people to email their interests or reserve items from a catalogue.

Staff will then arrange the items selected for the customer, and call them to arrange a convenient collection time.

There will also be limited access to computers for those who don’t have them at home, but appointments and bookings will need to be made in advance.

All existing library loans have also been extended to September 1, delaying any incurring charges during the shielding period of COVID-19.

Councillor Nick Worth, executive member for culture and heritage at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming our readers and users back.

“We’ve been working hard to get our core libraries ready for reopening next week.

“Safety is of paramount importance, so we’re doing all we can to make sure they are COVID-19 compliant, so people can get back to using the service.”

Reopening hours and additional resources can be found here.

Sites in the following locations will be opening again next week:

  • Boston
  • Gainsborough
  • Grantham
  • Horncastle
  • Lincoln Central
  • Long Sutton
  • Louth
  • Mablethorpe
  • Market Rasen
  • Skegness
  • Sleaford
  • Spalding
  • Stamford
  • Woodhall Spa