We are pleased to confirm that Sapcote Community Library will be beginning a phased reopening from Monday 20th July.
In order to protect our customers and volunteers we will be opening initially for two shifts per week:
Monday morning 10am – 1pm AND Friday afternoon 2pm – 5pm
This will provide us with sufficient time between shifts to ensure we can clean the library thoroughly and allow returned books to be left for a period of three days between handling.
We will need to take certain precautions to keep everybody safe and therefore we will limit the usage of the library and the following restrictions will be in place:
➢ We would allow only a maximum of 3 customers into the library at any one time
➢ If we have a significant number of customers arrive at the same time we may ask you to be mindful that other customers are waiting to enter the library and give you a restriction on time (hopefully this won’t be required)
➢ At this time we would only allow adult customers - this is not what we want but realising the library is small and distancing with children would be challenging
➢ We will provide gloves, masks and sanitisers which will be available for your use. The wearing of gloves would be particularly appreciated given that most customers like to pick up a number of books and read the synopsis before making their choices.
➢ We would restrict activities so the following will NOT be available:
No public computers
No public toilet
No refreshments to be served
➢ When returning or donating books, customers will be asked to place the book/s into a crate (so that the volunteers do NOT touch books). Any returned books would then remain in the crates until the next shift to be discharged allowing the 72 hours between handling.
I hope you will understand that it has been necessary to make these adjustments to allow us to reopen safely for all our customers and volunteers. Over the coming weeks and months, we hope that we will be able to open fully and continue to offer and provide the many other activities that you have come to enjoy.
We are delighted to finally be able to reopen and look forward to welcoming you all back into our Community Library.
Lorraine Jackson, Chair Sapcote Community Library