TAMESIDE’S libraries are looking forward to welcoming back customers.
Eight sites across the borough are preparing to reopen for browsing on Monday, April 12, and some libraries for private study.
The Local Studies and Archives Centre in Ashton opens at 10am the following day, Tuesday, April 13.
Customers can use libraries confident that all necessary covid safety measures will be in place such as hand sanitiser, social distancing, Perspex screens and a requirement for everyone to wear a face covering unless exempt. Numbers entering each site will be strictly managed and PCs and study space will be cleaned between users.
Because of the need to make sure there is a safe distance between customers who are studying and those who are browsing, study space will only be available at Ashton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hattersley and Stalybridge.
Anyone wishing to use study space must book in advance. PCs are available in one-hour slots while allocated space can be used for two hours. Separate appointments are needed.
A similar system and safety measures will be in place at the Local Studies Centre where there will be separate entry and exit points.
In addition to private study and browsing, library customers can borrow books and consult reference resources. Among the vast range of material available at the local studies centre are maps, documents, old electoral registers and microfilmed newspapers dating back to the 1850s.
For anyone unable to visit a library, or who chooses not to do so, the full range of digital services remains in place including e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines and newspapers, and other online resources.
Customers can manage their library account online, including renewing any items, managing reservations, and changing personal details. There is also a telephone enquiry service and renewals can be made over the phone.