Swanage Library to partially reopen with a ‘bag of books’ system

Library users will be able to get their hands on real books from Swanage Library from this Wednesday 8th July 2020.

The system will operate as an order and collect service. Existing library members will be able to go online from tomorrow and order their preferred category of books or DVDs by filling in a short form about their preferences.


They will then be able to collect a bag of 10 items specially selected for them by library staff. For those without online access, an order can be made by phoning 01305 228400.

The service is available for all ages – for adults, young people and children and the items can be borrowed for up to four weeks.

Swanage Library reopening notice

Swanage Library phased reopening notice on its door

All books will be quarantined

The collections and returns process will be contactless and pre-arranged time slots mean the number of people visiting at any one time will be managed. All books will be quarantined in line with national guidance.

From yesterday, Monday 6th July 2020, people have been able to return books and other items currently on loan via the Swanage Library letterbox.

All current loans that would have been due back during the lockdown period have been extended to the end of August. Any overdue charges that customers might have incurred as a result of library closures due to COVID-19 have been waived.

Councillor Tony Alford, customer, community and regulatory services portfolio holder said:

“During lockdown, our library teams worked hard to minimise the disruption to customers by offering a range of fun and informative services via the internet.

“We saw a tremendous increase in new online subscribers during lockdown. However, I know many people missed the human interaction a visit to the library can give.

“Although libraries are going to look and feel very different as they re-open with limited services on offer, I am sure customers will be pleased to physically access their local library again and have a much-needed refresh of their reading material.

“The library teams are excited about returning to some normality too, although things will obviously be very different for a while!”

To order a bag of books, DVDs or CDs from Swanage Library please go to the Dorset Council website from Wednesday 8th July 2020

Dorset Council website library information

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