24th October 2020

“We are open – come and see us” say Somerset Libraries

“We are open – and we’d love to see you” is the message from Somerset Libraries as they prepare to celebrate Libraries Week from 5 to 10 October.

The Somerset County Council service wants to make sure residents know that it’s almost back to business as usual following the closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And, while customers will need to follow Covid-19 precautions, they can browse the shelves, use computers, chat with staff and discover the free services Somerset Libraries provide. Current health guidance when visiting the library, includes the need to wear a face covering and participate in Track-and-Trace requirements.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Development and Community Infrastructure, said: “I know how much people missed their library when they had to close because of the coronavirus pandemic – they really are places at the heart of their community.

“Now they are open, all of us involved in Somerset Libraries service would be delighted to see customers enjoy their visits once again. Customers are welcome to browse the shelves or book a computer session and we have some great digital offerings, too.”

Each day during libraries week, staff in libraries across Somerset will be posting videos, book reviews and other fun content on the Somerset Libraries Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. It’s easy to join the library – just visit www.somersetlibraries.co.uk where there’s a wealth of information and details on how members can support their local library.

Once signed up, customers can also access e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-newspapers – all free of charge.

Somerset Libraries also provide a Home Library Service for those who may not be able to leave their home and the mobile library is back on the road with browsing of books on the vehicle starting again from 12 October

Libraries Week also marks the launch of an innovative new service, the iPad Loan Scheme which allows job seekers to borrow a tablet, free of charge, pre-loaded with links to useful sites, advice and information.

Members of Somerset Libraries can borrow a device for up to six weeks from Bridgwater, Chard, Minehead, Shepton Mallet or Taunton libraries. More information on the iPad Loan Scheme and registration details can be found here: https://glassboxtaunton.co.uk/tablet-loaning-information/