Coronavirus: Dorset Council libraries to close

Coronavirus: Dorset Council libraries to close

Published by George Sharpe at 4:14pm 19th March 2020. (Updated at 4:16pm 19th March 2020)

Dorset Council's libraries will be closing from tomorrow due to the coronavirus outbreak.

From the end of tomorrow you'll no longer be able to check out books from council run libraries in Dorset until further notice.

A Dorset Council spokesperson said:

"After careful consideration, we decided to close all Dorset Council Libraries from the end of tomorrow (20 March).

"This is based on the current advice from government as libraries are public places which have social contact.

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"This decision wasn’t an easy one balancing the impact on our users and communities, particularly at a time when some people may need support and managing the wellbeing and health of employees.

"Don’t worry about returning items late during this closure period as any charges  will be cleared when the items are returned." 

It's not known when the libraries will be reopening again.

Dorset Council run 24 libraries across the county. However, this does not include community libraries which are separate bodies.

Council libraries include:

  • Beaminster Library
  • Blandford Library
  • Bridport Library
  • Crossways Library
  • Dorchester Lirbrary
  • Portland Library
  • Shaftesbury Library
  • Swanage Library
  • Wareham Library
  • Weymouth Library