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Six more libraries to reopen following successful first phase

24 July 2020

Norfolk Library and Information Service is set to reopen an additional six locations following its successful relaunch earlier this month.

The locations due to reopen on 3 August will be:

  • Hellesdon Library
  • Sheringham Library
  • Caister Library
  • Poringland Library
  • Gaywood Library
  • Earlham Library will re-open on 4 August.

This will take the total number of libraries open in Norfolk to 19, after 13 were opened in early July. Since that time more than 16,000 books have been borrowed by Norfolk's library users.

Jan Holden, head of Norfolk Library and Information Service, said:

“It’s gone really well so we are delighted with the progress we’ve made so far. Detailed planning went into reopening our libraries and it is a credit to our staff and the people of Norfolk for adjusting so quickly.”

“We have everything in place to reopen more libraries in August. We are also adapting our mobile libraries so they can get back on the road, with the right measures in place to allow for social distancing.”

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities at Norfolk County Council, said:
“It’s been wonderful to see how much people have enjoyed coming back to the library. I would like to thank our staff for their diligent work and pay tribute to the people of Norfolk who have worked with us to ensure the safety of everyone visiting the library.”

The Library and Information Service will also be introducing a strong recommendation for visitors to wear a face mask when they visit the library from Monday 27 July.

Norfolk’s fleet of mobile libraries are also being adapted to allow for a safe resumption of service, which is due to take place in mid-August.

The remaining sites will be assessed in stages so that the right safety measures can be put in place for them to reopen in the coming weeks.

The latest information about opening times and the services on offer can be found on the our website.

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