Libraries and Archives

6 main library buildings to re-open in August 2020

We are pleased to confirm that we will be opening our 6 main library buildings on Monday 10 August 2020 in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith, Whitehaven and Workington.

To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers we will have new Covid-secure measures in place and our opening times and offer will be slightly different.

To welcome you back to our library buildings, Library Hosts will greet you on arrival and explain the new arrangements.  There will be clear signage throughout our buildings to help everyone find their way around safely and hand sanitisers will be located at the entrance and exit points.

In line with government regulations, the wearing of face coverings in libraries will be mandatory from 8 August, and as libraries are asked to assist with the NHS Test and Trace programme, you will be asked for a name and contact number when you arrive.

Not all of our usual activities will be available, but there will still be plenty of resources available for customers to enjoy.

From Tuesday 4 August a new Select and Collect Service will be available.  Library members will be able to order up to 6 books at a time by phone or email and book a slot to collect them from our main branches.

If you can't wait, our online services continue to attract more and more people, and all library members can get free access to a whole host of online benefits including e-book and e-magazines whilst the The Library Edit highlights some of the best websites and online resources - all chosen by library staff, and helpfully grouped by theme, so if you have not tried them don't miss out.

Join the library today and find our libraries on Facebook to stay up to date with their reopening preparations. We will continue to share more information, including our opening hours, on our website and Facebook pages as we get closer to reopening.

Find our libraries on Facebook:

Barrow Library Facebook

Carlisle Library Facebook

Kendal Library Facebook

Penrith Library Facebook

Whitehaven Library Facebook

Workington Library Facebook

We will continue to review the situation in relation to branch libraries and will keep you updated as things progress.

For the safety and protection of all, please do not enter the library if:

• You are living with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus

• You are self-isolating

• You have a new, continuous cough

• You have a high temperature

• You are experiencing a loss, or change in your normal sense of taste or smell

Barrow 

10am to 1pm Monday to Friday 

Prearranged Select and Collect sessions will be available 2pm to 4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

 

Carlisle  

9.30am to 1pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

1pm to 4.30pm Tuesday and Thursday 

Prearranged Select and Collect sessions will be available Monday, Wednesday Friday 2pm to 4pm

 

Kendal 

9.30am to 1pm Monday to Friday 

Prearranged Select and Collect sessions will be available 2pm to 4pm, Tuesday and Thursday

 

Penrith 

9.30am to 1pm Monday to Friday 

Prearranged Select and Collect sessions will be available 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday

 

Whitehaven 

9.30am to 1pm Monday to Friday 

Prearranged Select and Collect sessions will be available 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday

 

Workington 

9am to 1pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

1pm to 5pm Tuesday and Thursday 

Prearranged Select and Collect sessions will be available Monday, Wednesday Friday 2pm to 4pm

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 update and Frequently Asked Questions for libraries and archives

The Library Edit: some of the best websites and online resources to get you through lockdown - all chosen by library staff, and helpfully grouped by theme.

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