Plymouth’s libraries to reopen next week

Plymouth’s libraries will be reopening to customers next week, as the next phase of COVID restrictions are lifted.

From Monday 12 April people will be able to browse the shelves and book PCs again at Central, Crownhill, Devonport, Efford and Plympton libraries, which are currently open only for ‘select and collect’ pick-ups and essential PC use.

Estover (which has been fully closed during lockdown) will reopen on Tuesday 13 April, along with Peverell, Southway and St Budeaux. North Prospect (which has also been closed) and Plymstock will follow from Wednesday 14 April.

As before, special measures and reduced opening hours will be in place at all libraries to ensure the safety of staff and customers, in line with national guidance.

There will be limits on the number of people allowed in at any one time and everyone will be asked to check in with the NHS Test and Trace app or provide their details on arrival.

Customers will also be asked to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and use the hand sanitiser provided, as well as follow social distancing guidance and one-way systems in place.

Additional cleansing will be carried out and there will be ‘quarantine’ containers for items handled but not borrowed (and returned items), as well as protective screens at service counters.

Revised opening hours will apply at all libraries:

Central: Monday to Friday (9am to 6pm) and Saturday (10am to 4pm)
Crownhill: Monday and Wednesday (9am to 6pm) and Saturday (10am to 1pm)
Devonport: Monday and Wednesday (11am to 5pm)
Efford: Monday and Thursday (11am to 5pm)
Estover: Tuesday and Friday (11am to 5pm)
North Prospect: Wednesday and Friday (11am to 5pm)
Peverell: Tuesday and Thursday (11am to 5pm)
Plympton: Monday and Thursday (9am to 6pm) and Saturday (10am to 1pm)
Plymstock: Wednesday and Friday (9am to 6pm) and Saturday (10am to 1pm)
Southway: Tuesday and Friday (9am to 6pm) and Saturdays (10am to 1pm)
St Budeaux: Tuesday and Thursday (9am to 6pm) and Saturday (10am to 1pm)

For full details see our libraries web page.