Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information about libraries

Page updated 26 November 2020

Following the government’s announcement that we will be in Tier 2 from 2 December our services will be reverting to how they were prior to this current national lockdown.

We will be open to the public for browsing books, book returns, collection of reserved books and PC use. This page will be updated with more detailed information soon.

In the meantime, the following libraries are temporarily closed until 2 December:

  • Crownhill Library
  • Devonport Library
  • Efford Library
  • Estover Library
  • North Prospect Library
  • Peverell Library

All other libraries are providing a Select and Collect service during the lockdown period, as well as essential PC use by appointment only.

Select and Collect

A Select and Collect service is in operation at the following libraries:

  • Central Library
  • Plympton Library
  • Plymstock Library
  • St Budeaux Library
  • Southway Library

To use this service, let us know what kind of books you like to read. We’ll select up to three books for you to come and collect from the library. 

We aim to find books you will enjoy. We may not always get it right but we hope to introduce you to new books and authors.

How to request books

You can select up to 3 books by using the Select and Collect online order form 

You can also call or email the library:

When you contact us, we will require the following: 

  • your name
  • your library card number
  • your phone number or your email address
  • your preferred format: Fiction / Non-fiction / Large print / Audiobook
  • your preferred age category: Children / Young adult / Adult
  • your preferred genre (fiction) or subject (non-fiction)

Have a look at our video to see how Select and Collect works.

Collecting books

Once your books have been selected we will contact you offering you a day and time slot to come and collect your books. Collection times are allocated between 10am and 2.45pm.

Your order will be ready at the library entrance and you will not be able to access the library building. Please observe social distancing if others are waiting and take notice of any signs.

If you have specific access requirements, please let the library know when you place your order.

If you can’t come to the library yourself you can ask friends or family members to collect your books for you.

Public PCs

Essential PC use is available by appointment only. Please contact the library directly.


Please keep hold of your books for now. You can renew items for 14 weeks with your Plymouth Library card number and PIN on the Library app, on our website or by emailing us at


No overdue charges will accrue on any loan or renewal from Friday 20 March, until further notice.

Reservations and requests

All reservations and requests via our website and the Plymouth Library app are currently suspended. You can view your current reservations on our website when you sign in with your library card number and PIN.

Join the library 

You can join the library online. Once you have registered, we'll be in touch to confirm a few details and we will then email your library card number to you.

Library Online 

You can download free eBooks, audiobooks and magazines with your library card as well as digital comics and newspapers. Visit our Library Online page

Events and activities 

Regular activities and events that are held in libraries have been temporarily suspended but we do have some regular activities hosted on our Facebook page.

  • Storytimes – Every Monday and Friday at 10am
  • Rhymetimes – Every Wednesday at 10am

Schools Library Service

We welcome any topic requests for September 2020 onwards.  To contact us about our other SLS services please email