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Manchester Libraries Update

Manchester Central Library re-opens its doors to the public on Thursday 20 August – with limited capacity to enable social distancing and safety measures in place, to guard against the coronavirus.

Opening hours will initially be 10am – 4pm from Monday – Thursday and on Saturdays.  The library will remain closed on Fridays and in the evenings until further notice, to allow regular deep cleans to take place, on top of an enhanced daily cleansing regime.

A maximum of 250 visitors will be allowed into Central Library at any time. Hand sanitiser stations will be available on each of the library’s four floors and, in line with government guidance, face coverings should be worn at all times wherever possible.  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, while all visitors will be expected to complete a contact details form, to help the NHS Test and Trace programme.

As well as browsing, borrowing and returning books, visitors will be able to access computers, WiFI, printing, scanning and photocopying services, with safeguards and distancing conditions in place.

The Business & Intellectual Property Centre,  Henry Watson Music Library, Visitor Information Centre and café will all be open to the public, with access to the library’s archives department also available by appointment.

The Wolfson Reading Room will be open for those wishing to study, but to ensure social distancing is maintained, capacity within the room will be restricted to a maximum of 60 people.

All loans which were in place during the period when libraries were closed have been automatically renewed until Tuesday 22 September, meaning that no fines have accrued for borrowers who were unable to return their items.

In line with advice from Public Health England, hard copies of newspapers, magazines and leaflets will not be made available, but newspapers and magazines can be accessed electronically, as part of Manchester City Council’s popular digital library offer.

The library’s Performance Space will be available to book for events, with a maximum of 21 attendees. Organisers will need to provide a plan and risk assessment before an event booking can be confirmed

More info: https://www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries

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