Library Service to resume in Gwynedd

Date: 16/06/2020

People in Gwynedd will soon be able to order new items to read and return their library books, under the Council's Library Services recovery plan.


This service will initially be a new 'click and collect' model and the system is expected to be operational from early July.


Anyone who wants to borrow new books or other items will need to contact the library, or order through the online catalogue in the usual way. The library will then contact users when the items are ready to be collected, and arrange a time for doing so. Users can also return their library books via boxes that will be outside all reopened libraries.


Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: "We are delighted to confirm our intention to reintroduce an element of the library service soon.


"We know that books offer great comfort to people of all ages, so it’s important that we can begin the journey to introduce the service in a new way which includes the home delivery service for those who are unable to collect from libraries.


“Obviously, the safety of users and staff is the priority, and our libraries will follow the Welsh Government guidelines on how to treat library books, to help ensure people's safety and wellbeing.


“We will be announcing more details of the exact arrangements soon, and it is important that residents understand that we will not be able to re-open the library buildings to the public in the near future. But we hope that the new arrangements that will be in place from next month will offer a step back towards normality for the many people in Gwynedd who value our library service.”


For those unable to visit their library to collect items - for whatever reason - it will be possible to order home delivery. This service will be available to anyone throughout Gwynedd who requires it. Staff will also liaise with Home Service users, to begin visiting existing users again.


A range of materials from the Library Service, including Large Print and Audio Books, can be ordered in Welsh and English. The Council will also arrange for Bookstart Packs to be distributed to families of babies and toddlers. Bag Books are also available which are great for providing a multi-sensory story experience, and suitable for users with learning difficulties or disabilities. During this time DVDs are also available free of charge, and no fines are charged on any items at this time.


More information about this new service will be announced soon, with full details of how to contact the Library Service.


Also remember that you can join Gwynedd Libraries to borrow e-books and audio e-books as well as e-magazines, in Welsh and English, free of charge via


Libraries across north Wales are committed to a phased approach to re-introducing library services over the coming weeks in accordance with Welsh Government guidance. An ‘Order and Collect’ service, and Home Library Services, will be available across the region by the beginning of July.