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09 October 2020

Library buildings opening to the public


Falkirk Community Trust is delighted to announce that Falkirk libraries will reopen in a phased approach from 12 October, allowing the local community to access this much-missed public service.

In preparation for full reopening, the teams have been working hard to put in place a range of new measures to keep customers and staff safe, with the libraries having obtained Visit Scotland’s ‘Good to Go’ accreditation to further assure the local community that all our libraries are safe to visit. Falkirk Library will be the first to reopen, followed by Grangemouth Library 19 October, Larbert and Bo’ness 26 October and Denny, Bonnybridge, Slamannan and Meadowbank on 2 November. The opening hours for Falkirk will be Monday to Friday 11 to 3 and Saturday 11 to 2 and details will follow for the other libraries.

Our libraries will be open for the community by appointment to browse the shelves, take out and return books and access printing and photocopying facilities. The Click & Collect service which has been in place for several weeks will continue to allow the public to request books either online or over the phone. We are asking all customers to book a browsing session or to use a PC, bookings can be made either online or by telephone.

Falkirk Library will also be providing a bus pass service from 12 October and this will also be by appointment only. To book, please call 01324 503605, where friendly staff will arrange a suitable time for you to visit and discuss what you will be required to bring.

To ensure the safety of customers and staff, we are unable to offer space to study, or sit and use our Wi-Fi at this time. In addition, hard copies of magazines and newspapers will not be available, and we ask that customers keep touching of books that are not being taken out to a minimum. Scottish guidelines do not currently allow us to run the popular Bookbug service, or similar sessions and so no groups will be running in the libraries for the time being.

Similar to a trip to the shops, visiting the library will now be a little different and we will continue to offer home access to a great range of digital books, magazines, audiobooks and more. https://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/learning/libraries/library-online/

For full details on the safety measures in place please contact your library or
visit www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/learning/libraries.

 

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