Uckfield library set to re-open

It has been announced that Uckfield Library will re-open on 19 October.

The layouts of the libraries will change to enable people to easily follow social distancing guidance, which means fewer books and computers will be available.

Due to the additional staff needed at each site and enhanced cleaning necessary, the opening days and hours – which have yet to be confirmed, will be significantly reduced.

A small number of people will be allowed in the libraries at any one time and can browse a limited number of books and borrow up to 20 items.  Customers will also be able to order online or by phone any item from the lending stock of the entire county library catalogue free of charge, and have it delivered to the library of their choice.  Computers will be available during time-limited, pre-booked sessions.

There will be no toilet facilities or photocopying service, and DVDs, newspapers and periodicals will not be available.

When the libraries reopen, clear screens will cover library counters, hand sanitiser will be placed at the library entrance and there will be enhanced cleaning. Markers and signage will help customers to maintain social distancing.

In line with Government guidance, visitors will be asked for their name and phone number at the time they go into the library. This information may be shared with the NHS test and trace programme if needed and the county council is reminding people not to travel to a library if they have any Covid-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. All returned books will also be quarantined in line with the latest Government guidance.

Existing and new library loans will be automatically extended until November 30 and there will no charges or fines during this period.

The East Sussex County Council eLibrary is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/online