More Bristol libraries to reopen next month: Junction 3 library

28 Sep 2020

Education, Learning and Skills

More Bristol libraries to reopen next month

Three Bristol libraries will be open to the public from next month.

Henleaze, Junction 3 and Knowle Library are all set to welcome back customers from Monday 12 October.

As with the libraries that are currently open, a reduced service will be in place to help ensure the safety of staff and customers.

Safety measures include; only allowing a certain number of people in at one time, signs to help with social distancing, Perspex screens and hand sanitiser stations, limited browsing time and restricted computer access, which must be booked in advance by phone. All toilets will remain closed.

Books will be quarantined for 72 hours on return. All items currently on loan from closed libraries have been automatically extended. Reservations and charges for open libraries have restarted.

The successful call and collect service will also be introduced to a further ten libraries; Whitchurch, Wick Road, Marksbury Road, Bishopsworth, Redland, Bishopston, Horfield, Clifton, Sea Mills and Shirehampton.

People will be able to request books over the phone or by email, with a maximum of five per person (or eight for children).

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “We appreciate the importance of a local library and we are doing everything we can to reopen our libraries in a safe and responsible manner.

“We are continuing with our cautious, phased approach and we need your help to make sure everything runs smoothly. From 12 October we will have 17 of our 27 branch libraries offering a service, with seven open for browsing and computer access.

“We will keep reviewing the situation as we move forward to see when we can expand our offering even further.

“Our fantastic library service continues to offer so many activities and events online, which have proved hugely popular over the summer. We will be looking to maintain our digital offering as we start to reopen our buildings.

“Thank you for your co-operation as we continue to reintroduce the service.”

The library team will constantly review the government guidance as they work towards opening more libraries and increasing services – all in a safe and controlled way. Updates will be provided as they move forward.

Bristol Libraries offer a wide variety of services online for people to access at home. For a start there are eBooks which you can borrow from CloudLibrary and Overdrive. There is also access to eAudio books through BorrowBox.

Members can read 1000s of daily newspapers from around the world, as well as popular eMagazines, including; New Scientist, Gardeners World, Gracia and the Radio Times. Recently eComics have become available.

In addition, the library team are running a number of online events from children’s story time and quizzes, through to a virtual Lego club and a new podcast. These will continue while the library services start to gradually reopen.

It’s really easy for people to join the library online. For information on joining, new opening hours and all the services you can access at home, please visit www.bristol.gov.uk/libraries-archives or search Bristol Libraries online.

Current library opening hours:

Central Library: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.
Stockwood Library: Monday to Saturday, 1pm to 4pm.
Henbury Library: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am to 4pm.
Fishponds Library: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am to 4pm.