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Richmond libraries gearing up to reopen for browsing on 12 April, as lockdown lifts

7 April 2021

Seven of the borough's main libraries are set to reopen for browsing in line with the Government’s easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

In addition to offering click and collect, from Monday 12 April, seven libraries will be offering a limited 15-minute browsing and borrowing service. This includes:

Due to the Sheen Lane Centre also operating as a Rapid Flow COVID-19 testing centre, browsing will not be available at East Sheen Library, however click and collect will continue to be provided.

Please be aware that wearing face coverings inside libraries is mandatory and social distancing measures will be in place. This means that people may have to queue outside the library. Following official advice, all returned books are being quarantined for 72 hours before being put back on shelves. In addition, there are a number of public computers that will be available at eight local libraries. These will need to be booked in advance by calling 020 8734 3308 during opening hours.

Unfortunately, Kew and Hampton Wick Library are unable to reopen at this time. Due to their size, the buildings cannot support social distancing and therefore are not COVID-19 safe.

Teddington Library is closed until early May 2021 for essential repairs to the heritage glass roof.

Cheney Gardner, Acting Head of Libraries for Richmond Council, said:

"We’re very much looking forward to welcoming our readers and users back. Our libraries will have new ways of working. This will allow us to ensure a number of safety measures, for example frequent cleaning, stock quarantining and hand sanitising stations.

"Meanwhile, our digital library is always open and your Richmond Card/Library Card gets you access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and eMusic."

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Updated: 9 April 2021