The first Stirling libraries will re-open their doors to the public for browsing and computer access from Monday 26th April.
Dunblane (Monday 26th April) and Central (Wednesday 28th April) libraries will offer 15 minute appointment slots for browsing and 45 minute slots for computer use, which can be booked by contacting each library directly.
For the last few weeks Stirling’s libraries have been operating a ‘Select and Collect’ service due to the level four restrictions in place.
The browsing and computer access services have become available in line with the Scottish Government’s timetable for the easing of Coronavirus restrictions.
Callander Library will be open for browsing and computer access from Tuesday 11th May, with Bridge of Allan (Monday 17th May) and St. Ninians (Tuesday 18th May) libraries next to offer both these services.
‘Select and Collect’ will still operate from these libraries and requested books can be collected from the front door or the counter.
There will be a gradual roll-out of physical opening to other libraries, who will continue to offer the ‘Select and Collect’ service in the meantime.
The Council Archives will also be opening to researchers again on an appointment only basis from 26th April. Pre-booking is essential. Please contact the Archives by telephoning 01786 450745 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Stirling Council Senior Manager, Economic Development and Communities, Stuart Oliver, said: “We are excited to be opening our doors again and have many measures in place to ensure the safety of the public and our staff.
“The booking system will help us manage visitor numbers so we can make sure that there’s plenty of space to social distance.
“We want to reopen our libraries in the safest way possible and we will roll out this new system to other libraries in the region over the coming weeks.
“In the meantime, all of our libraries will continue to offer ‘Select and Collect’ services, which have proved popular during the pandemic, as well as Mobile libraries and the housebound service.”
As libraries reopen, based on staff availability, a reduced number of computers will be available, physically distanced, and these will be cleaned between users.
There will be a maximum number of people allowed into a library at any time, there will be no chairs and tables or newspapers to read and toilets will be closed.
In Central Library the Reference section upstairs will be open for computer use only and enquiries will be dealt with remotely. Members of the public must wear face coverings to enter the libraries and give their details for Test and Protect.
For library contact details and information on the Select and Collect service please visit https://www.stirling.gov.uk/libraries-archives/library-select-and-collect/.
Further Information on the lifting of the Coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks and months can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-timetable-for-easing-restrictions/pages/timetable/.