By KLTV Newsdesk
Kirklees Libraries have announced that they will begin a phased recovery of services as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted across the country.
From 20 July residents will be able to return borrowed items to specific libraries. They can also contact the library service to order a selection of books as part of a Ring and Read scheme.
These books can be collected from specific libraries from 27 July with the aim that by mid-August, the service will be available from all Kirklees Libraries.
Kirklees Libraries say that health and safety have been at the heart of preparations for their staff as further library services are made available.
Visitors will be reminded to stick to government social distancing guidelines, including the mandatory wearing of masks from 24 July.
Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Corporate said: “Kirklees Libraries have always been at the heart of the community and more so during the response to Covid-19.
“They have provided vital support to the most vulnerable people in our communities and continue to do so.
“It is vital that as we look to bring back library services that the focus remains on keeping people safe by preventing the spread of the virus.”
Cllr Turner added that they are taking a phased approach to reopening in order to see how best they can reintroduce services and keep an eye on infection rates across the borough.
He said: “Until we are able to safely reintroduce all services I would urge residents to continue to take advantage of the fantastic range of online resources for children and families including the exciting Library Adventures Live! reading programme for children.”
Libraries for return of borrowed items from week commencing 20 July are:
- Almondbury – Tuesday at 10am – 1pm & Thursday at 2pm – 5pm
- Batley – Tuesday & Thursday at 10am – 2pm and Friday 1pm – 5pm
- Dewsbury – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am – 3pm
- Huddersfield – Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm
- Rawthorpe Dalton – Tuesday 10am – 12noon & Wednesday 1pm – 4pm
- Slaithwaite – Monday 10am – 2pm
The libraries service says details of further services will be announced in the coming weeks.