Posted: Friday 10th July 2020
We’re delighted to let you know that the phased reopening plans for our libraries are well underway. Here’s a little of what we are doing to welcome you back safely:
This week we have launched Ready Reads at 10 libraries, enabling customers to pre-order themed book packs selected by library staff – this has already proved popular, with over 1,000 packs ordered in the first few days of the service. We hope to add more libraries to the Ready Reads service soon.
We have also been completing risk assessments for each of our libraries and implementing measures including additional staff training, layout changes and installing acrylic screens and hand sanitiser stations in preparation for introducing further services in the coming weeks. We will issue service updates on our website and social media as we reach each phase in our reopening plans.
We know many of you have missed our reservations service and we are working on getting this re-introduced as soon as possible – this service relies on our delivery drivers who have been working hard throughout lockdown to support vulnerable residents, we are looking forward to welcoming them back shortly and restarting this popular service.
Our Home Library Service has been operating throughout lockdown and will continue to provide doorstep deliveries for existing Home Library Service customers.
We have had some great feedback from the first customers using the Ready Reads offer including this lovely comment posted on the Welwyn Garden City Library Facebook page:
“I am a big non-fiction fan and the books you selected for me are excellent choice! I cannot wait to read them… it feels like Christmas. You know you will be getting books, but you do not know what they will be!”
If the surprise book packs aren’t for you, you can continue to download free eBooks and eAudiobooks or eMagazines and eNewspapers from our extensive collections. You can also use our online resources from home to access courses or conduct research – We are pleased to confirm that access to Ancestry Library Edition has been extended to Hertfordshire Library members through to the end of August.
We have missed our customers and are very much looking forward to seeing you all soon.