Limited hours and fewer services as council sticks to Covid guidelines
Wimbledon Library is to open for browsing, with reduced opening hours, from Monday September 7.
Morden and Mitcham libraries will also open for browsing. All seven Merton libraries will continue to offer a Click and Collect service and the use of some computers.
The borough’s library service is also working with education staff to see if safe study spaces can be provided for children and young people who may not have facilities at home.
Provided the reopening of the first three libraries for browsing is successful it is hoped that all libraries can open for browsing by October. The council has issued the following guidelines:
•The safety of customers and staff is top priority. Library buildings may look and feel a little different and there will be signs providing guidance for library users during their visit.
•Hand sanitiser is available at library entrances and in public computer areas. As with most public places you will need to wear a face covering whilst in the library.
•There is a counter in every library where customers can ask for assistance and library staff are also available via email and telephone.
•The number of people allowed in the library at any one time will be limited so that everyone can maintain social distancing.
• Visits will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes to minimise queues.
•Some of services cannot be offered, including study spaces, activities, events and hard copies of newspapers.
•Payments are made with credit /debit cards or other contactless methods, rather than cash.
Wimbledon Library’s temporary opening hours will be:
Monday 10am to 6pm
Tuesday 10am to 6pm
Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday 10am to 6pm
Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
August 28, 2020