Libraries reopening – what you need to know

Katherine Johnston (24 July, 2020)

Order your books ahead online or by calling 020 7525 4411

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Libraries are reopening across Southwark with safety measures in place to protect staff and visitors from Coronavirus.

Nunhead and Canada Water libraries are open already with a reduced service, with more openings planned in the coming weeks.

Along with screens, masks and hand sanitiser, visitors are asked to order their books ahead of visiting. Books will also be cleaned and quarantined before exchanging hands.

However the toilets, cafes, studying areas, printing services and public computers are currently closed until further notice.

Nunhead Library

Cllr Rebecca Lury, Cabinet Member for culture, leisure, equalities and communities, said: “We are delighted to announce the gradual reopening of our library buildings and the careful rollout of services that are dear to the communities they serve.

“Safety for all remains a priority, so we have introduced Perspex screens at service counters, hand sanitiser and floor markings.

“We are also cleaning and quarantining books and ask that visitors order their books ahead of their visit, observe social distancing guidelines and follow any advice offered by signs and staff in our libraries.

“While our online library events have been hugely popular, helping many families through the lockdown, we are happy to be inviting people back, in person.”

For more information and to arrange you visit, go to or call call 020 7525 4411 between 10am-6pm Monday to Friday, or 10am-5pm Saturday.


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