All books quarantined at Milton Keynes libraries for 72 hours as page is turned on lockdown
Book lovers can finally use their local library in MK today, but they will notice some changes.
MK Council has reopened its libraries in Bletchley, Kingston, Newport Pagnell, Olney, Stony Stratford, Westcroft, Woburn and Wolverton.
The only library that remains closed is Central Milton Keynes, which is currently being used as a Covid-19 rapid test centre.
People are welcome to go into a library to choose their books, but the council is asking them to visit alone if possible and to keep browsing time to a minimum. No official time limits will be imposed but visitors are asked to move through the shelves "as quickly as possible", said a council spokesman.
Customers are encouraged to browse the books online before they visit. Within the libraries, self-service kiosks have been set up for books to be borrowed and returned.
Computers and WiFi services within libraries will not be available as they would encourage people to stay. Similarly printing, photocopying and fax services cannot be used and seating and study areas are closed.
Magazines and newspapers will not be available due to the risk of infection.
Sadly, no activities such as Storytimes, Children's Hours or clubs are currently being held at any of the open libraries.
People are welcome to use the click and collect service and reserve up to six books online, or even request a 'pick and mix' selection. They will be contacted by email or letter when their items are ready for collection.
"Please be aware that for your safety we are required to quarantine all returned items for 72 hours," said the council spokesman,
When people enter a library building, they will be asked to provide contact details to assist with NHS Test and Trace or to scan the QR code.
"Your entry and departure times will be recorded. Please ensure that you sign out with the team member at the door as you leave," said the spokesman.
He added: "We are no longer providing bags, so please bring a bag with you when you come to collect your books."