Reopening of Libraries from 12th of April
Walsall Libraries will reopen from Monday 12 April as England moves into step two of the national government roadmap out of lockdown. During the lockdown library resources have been used to support community activity across a range of activities including befriending, supporting vaccinations and delivering books to vulnerable residents. As we come out of lockdown there will be some initial changes to provision to ensure that premises are kept COVID secure and to continue some of our community activity.
Paul Gordon, Director for Resilient Communities, Walsall Council said, “We look forward to welcoming residents back to our library buildings. The health and safety of our residents and staff is of paramount importance so we are planning to do things a little differently – which means changes to the visitor experience and to our opening times.
“The number of visitors allowed into buildings at one time will be restricted to ensure social distancing can be maintained as well as the implementation of one-way systems for movement around the buildings, hand-sanitiser stations and regular cleaning.
“Individuals and family groups are welcome to visit however in line with national guidelines they will be required to wear a mask or face covering unless there is a medical reason for them not to.
“Library staff will be on hand at the Lichfield Street Hub and the district libraries to assist visitors with borrowing and returning books, browsing (which will be time-limited), access to printing facilities and library computers, which must be booked in advance.
“We continue to provide the valuable Ring and Read service for those residents unable to visit – please get in touch with your local library if you could benefit from this service.”
To book a home delivery from your local library, please use our online form . You can also call your local library directly.
Initially, from the 12 April, the opening hours for the Lichfield Street Hub (Central Library & Archives) will be 10am to 1pm and then 2pm to 4pm from Monday to Friday. From the 19 April 2021 onwards, opening times will be increased from 9am to 1pm and then from 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The building will remain closed at the weekends which will be subject to review.
The District Libraries in Aldridge, Bloxwich, Brownhills, Willenhall and Streetly Community Library* will be open from Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. They will be also be open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. *Please note that Streetly Community Library will be closed as normal on Thursdays and Darlaston District Library is currently closed for refurbishment.
This change to opening times is to allow for cleaning, quarantine of books, restacking of shelves to ensure that facilities are COVID-safe for customers and to continue with our valued community work.
All customers with a Walsall library membership card or eLibraryCard continue to have access to a range of online resources. This includes BorrowBox - our free eBook and eAudiobooks service, eMagazines, eNewspapers and eComics. New customers can access this vast range of digital facilities and all customers can also have free access to the Ancestry Library Edition for family history research.
All current loans have been extended to 31 May 2021 and the freeze on fines for overdue items, implemented on19 March 2020 will remain in place until 31 May 2021.
- Computer access and printing - The libraries will be open for the use of a limited number of library computers. Computers need to be booked in advance by phoning or e-mailing the library direct. Contact details are available on the website. Customers will be limited to 45 minutes per day at allocated times with access to a specific computer to use. Customers are advised that printing will be available but it needs to be done within their dedicated timeslot. Customers will need to bring their library membership card and PIN.