Four West Norfolk libraries are re-opening click and collect-style this week with another set to follow.
The county council announced Norfolk’s libraries were to begin a phased re-opening with branches at Downham Market, Gaywood, Hunstanton and King’s Lynn among 25 to offer “at the door” services.
Dersingham Library is set to follow in the same way from next Monday.
Users will be able to collect up to 10 books selected online at norfolk.spydus.co.uk, return items in a dropbox, collect pre-selected Grab and Go packs and access toiletries/period products offered through the Tricky Period scheme.
There will also be support for people who need help to complete the 2021 Census, with computer sessions available to book at Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham.
Safety measures at each location will include using face coverings, social distancing and hand sanitiser. Returned books will be quarantined for at least 72 hours.
Jan Holden, head of the county’s library and information service, said: “We’re taking this step-by-step as we all begin to return to normality. Books have been a constant companion for many throughout the pandemic and we want to ease everyone back into the rhythm of borrowing from our collection before we fully re-open.”
Any items out on loan are still being automatically renewed until further notice and will not be charged additional overdue or renewal fees.
The government’s roadmap has April 12 as the earliest for users back through the door.
Opening times will be adjusted. Check at www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries or call 01603 774777.