Caerphilly County Borough Council has confirmed that plans are underway to get its library service back up and running following the coronavirus lockdown.
On July 1, the council began its book lending and delivery service to eligible residents.
The LibraryLink Home Delivery scheme is available to residents who have received shielding letters, as well as residents aged 70 and over who don’t have access to digital books or audiobooks. Residents who are registered users of the service are also eligible for the scheme.
However, it is not yet known when library buildings will reopen.
Councillor Barbara Jones, the council’s cabinet member for education and achievement, said: “We understand how important our libraries are to residents and our communities, but the safety of our staff and the public is paramount.
“We are working closely with Welsh Government to plan for the eventual safe reopening of buildings but, in the meantime, will use a range of alternative methods to ensure people are still able to access library services.”
Meanwhile, residents who have books or other items that need returning can drop them off at the entrances to Bargoed, Caerphilly and Risca libraries from Monday, July 13.
Items can be placed in the return book bins, with any fines picked up during the lockdown period removed from residents’ library accounts.
The council has said it is planning to launch an ‘Order and Collect’ service, which is expected to be ready in August.
The council’s free digital reading materials can be found at www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Libraries/Libraries-online
For more information about library services in Caerphilly County Borough, visit obv.sr/libcv
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