BURSCOUGH Library reopens today Wednesday, September 30, after closing in response to the national coronavirus lockdown earlier this year.
The libraray, on Mill Lane, Burscough will be open Monday 9am-7pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-1pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm. It will be closed Tuesdays and Sundays.
People can use computers without an appointment, but may have to queue before being able to enter as part of new social distancing arrangements, which limit the number of people allowed in at any one time.
The Six of the Best service, a selection of up to six books chosen by library staff, will still be available.
These can be collected at the entrance of the library.
People will need to speak with library staff, see the information on the libraries website, or call 0300 123 6703 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to arrange this service.
Public computers will also be available for 45 minute sessions starting on the hour, on a first come, first served basis.
It may be possible to extend sessions upon request if nobody else is waiting.
Some of the libraries may also be able to make space available for people to sit and study, and make use of the free Wi-Fi. People should ask their local library for details as arrangements vary depending upon the amount of space available.
The music and drama lending service available to subscribing groups, such as choirs, orchestras and drama societies is also available again, though limited to collections held by Lancashire libraries. Orders can be placed online, and sets can be returned to any library.
People are required to wear a face covering when visiting a library unless they are exempt. Children under 11 will not be required to cover their faces. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Everyone will also be asked to provide their name and contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace system.
This can be by scanning a poster in the library using the new NHS Covid-19 app.
Anyone wanting to return books can do this by placing them in the returned books container at the entrance of the libraries that are open. Books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are re-shelved.
Customers will not be charged for any overdue items. Library users are being asked to hold onto their books until they can return them to an open library and not to post them through letter boxes or leave them outside libraries. Books can be renewed online or by calling 0300 123 6704.