When and how will public libraries reopen in England?

Libraries are steadily reopening throughout the country but in a highly varied fashion. There are differences in speed of reopening between England and the other nations of the UK plus also differences within nations. Most English library services are returning to full normality, although with more restrictions on events. Masks are strongly welcomed as are those who use Track and Trace.

England – Listed by alphabetical order of council name

There is also a useful list by Libraries Hacked here.

Wales – 22 library services

Public libraries in Wales can officially reopen from 27 March. See library websites for up to date details.

Scotland – 32 services

All mainland services are currently in lockdown but the three island authorities (Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland) are not. Libraries can reopen from 26 April

Northern Ireland

  • Click and collect, IT and print services.

Elsewhere in the British Isles

  • Guernsey 
  • Isle of Man 
  • Jersey

See also:

Matt Finch on what Coronavirus means for public libraries in the future