East Devon and Exeter libraries shut after U-turn on keeping self-service facilities open

Libraries in East Devon and Exeter have shut due to the coronavirus outbreak – after an idea to keep self-service facilities open was scrapped.  

It had been hoped facilities in Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Seaton could be accessible so residents could still borrow books between 10am and noon on certain days.

However, Libraries Unlimited announced today (Monday, March 23) it had reconsidered its position over the weekend.

Temporary closures across the county, implemented on Friday (March 20), will now remain in place ‘until further notice’.

Staff say they are trying to continue to provide services ‘in different ways’.

A ‘books by post’ trial be taking place in Exeter, while others will provide online sessions such as Bounce and Rhyme, reading groups, and story times.

IT assistance will be provided remotely and workers will be checking in by telephone with vulnerable customers.

The teams will be taking telephone calls, helping with renewals and aiding people online to access eBooks.

However, the mobile and home library services have also been suspended.

From tomorrow (Monday, March 23), some libraries with self-service facilities will open for up to two hours.

Up-to-date information is available from the Libraries Unlimited  website.

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