Libraries reopen across Dorset today

Libraries reopen across Dorset today

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:38pm 27th July 2020.

Nine of Dorset's libraries reopened today (27th July) for the first time since the pandemic began in March. 

Dorset Council were given the go ahead to reopen them at the beginning of July but only made the announcement that some local libraries were reopening last week.

The following libraries are now open:

  • Dorchester, Ferndown and Weymouth libraries will be open from 9:30 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday.
  • Blandford, Gillingham, Sherborne, Wareham and Wimborne libraries will be open from 9.30 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding Wednesday.
  • Bridport library will be open from 9.30 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding Thursday.
Dorchester Library
Dorchester Library

Cllr Tony Alford, Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said:

"We're pleased to now be able to reopen a number of our libraries, with safety measures in place to help protect our staff and residents.

"These nine libraries are in our more densely populated towns and will offer a good geographical spread across our council area. Along with our order and collect service, which will continue to run, we are confident that all our residents can continue to access this valuable community facility."

"Library services will look and feel quite different with signage to help users follow social distancing guidelines and some services will still be unavailable. Please help us keep our staff and residents safe by respecting the measures we have put in place. "

dorchester library
Inside Dorchester Library

Dorset council have put some restrictions in place to keep book borrowers keep safe: 

    • Computers will also be available for a 45-minute session, but this will need to be pre-booked by calling your library.
    • You also cannot use any of the printing and photocopying facilities, study spaces or newspapers or magazines. Information, reference enquiry and reservation services are all unavailable.
    • An order and collect service has been on offer at many of Dorset's libraries since the 8th of July, and this is set to continue.