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Council suggests borough libraries could soon reopen


Council chiefs have revealed they are working on plans to reopen borough libraries this July.

Inspire, who run local libraries on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, have now been tasked with ensuring that some branches may start reopening from July 6.

Staff have been informed they will start return to library premises in the coming weeks to make the necessary preparations to welcome visitors within government guidelines.  

Peter Gaw CEO of Inspire said, “The priority will be staff and customer safety, which means we will have to operate in a different way with a reduced service, limited capacity in buildings, additional cleaning measures and guidelines in place for social distancing.

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“We will be having a phased approach to resuming a face-to-face library service. A limited loan, information and ICT service will be on offer, with each library having a specific, pre-set visitor capacity which will allow people to distance themselves and be safe”.

Cllr John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities & Place Committee said: “I’m really pleased that we are now in the planning stage of opening physical sites again to help support the needs of our communities during this difficult time”.

Inspire, who deliver culture, learning and libraries on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council will issue more details about which libraries will be open, opening times and range of services in the coming weeks.

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