When and how will public libraries reopen in England?

England – Listed by alphabetical order of council name

The following is a list only of those libraries which have announced their intentions publicly. All have heightened hygiene measures in place and, unless specially noted, are open for reduced hours. The term “click and collect” in most cases where you need to order books in advance, although it may well have a different name in your area. Masks must be worn in all libraries.

The date of the last update is in brackets, taken from social media and news reports, and it is possible that there have been developments since the last check. Please therefore always check the library service’s own website.

Wales – 22 library services

Most library services are starting “click and collect” services in June but some (Cardiff, Torfaen) considerably earlier than others. All Welsh public libraries are using the same model, with pre-ordering being the first step.

Scotland – 29 services

See Re-opening libraries – Summary of current guidance – CILIPS for current guidance.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland – Just the ticket… Northern Ireland libraries reopen their doors – Belfast Telegraph. 17 libraries open with normal opening hours (13.9)

Libraries reopening for browsing (23/8)

Elsewhere in the British Isles

See also:

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