Libraries and Archives

6 main library buildings re-opened August 2020

Our 6 main library buildings in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith, Whitehaven and Workington opened on Monday 10 August 2020 for borrowing and PC use. 

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

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

The wearing of face coverings in libraries became mandatory from 8 August in line with Government regulations, and as libraries are asked to assist with the NHS Test and Trace programme, you are 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.

A new Select and Collect Service is available.  Library members can order up to 6 books at a time by phone or email and book a slot to collect them from our main branches.

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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