Libraries in Exmouth and Sidmouth to reopen after Honiton hub’s relaunch

Libraries in Exmouth and Sidmouth are to reopen from Monday (July 20) after Honiton’s hub welcomed back users earlier this month. 

The facility in St Thomas, Exeter, is also be among a nine in the county which will be back in action next week.

Opening times will be limited and services reduced with safety signage, social distancing measures, one-way systems and hand sanitiser stations in place to keep people safe.

Others will continue to offer a ‘choose and collect’ service.

Honiton Library, in New Street, was one of four in Devon to reopen as part of a trial on July 6.

Mobile library and home library services have also resumed.

Libraries Unlimited says there has been a big demand for access to computers since the relaunch.

Topsham Library is to remain completely closed for now.

A Libraries Unlimited spokesperson said: “Customers are really pleased that libraries have reopened and customers of all ages are travelling to their local library – one person walked more than one-and-a-half hours each way, while books are in demand, as is a brief chat.

“Public access PCs are in high demand, particularly for those that have not had internet access during lockdown, which demonstrates the wider role libraries play.”

They added the number of customers at any one time ‘may be limited’.

‘Choose and collect’ allows library users to pick books or DVDs you to borrow and then collect them from the library entrance at a pre-arranged time.

Digital library services are also available where free eBooks, eAudioBooks and eMagazines can be downloaded and streamed.

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