Gwynedd Libraries opening soon – you'll need to make an appointment

Date: 04/09/2020

A new arrangements will start from 7 September where the people of Gwynedd will be able to make an appointment to visit Gwynedd Council Libraries.

As part of a pre-booking system, residents will be able to access the public computers and come in to the library to browse and choose their own books. The libraries will also be able to offer a printing and photocopying service.

However, to access the services, everyone will need to contact their library to make an appointment. Then, the library staff will book you a 45 minute slot to use a computer or a 15 -20 minute slot for choosing books.

To ensure safety and to keep to the social distancing regulations, slots for computer use and browsing will be kept separate. You will need to contact the library to book a computer slot even if you want to use your own laptop to do some work.

For the safety of staff and customers, those visiting the libraries will be encouraged to use the hand sanitizer on entry to the premises and everyone will be asked to share their contact details as part of the Contact Tracing requirements, as a condition of coming into the building and using the Library service.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries said:

“People have missed being able to visit their local library during the restrictions and I’m sure that a large number will be delighted to see them re-opening under new arrangements.

“Of course, safety arrangements will be in place to keep users and library staff safe but this is an important step.

“We will continue to offer the click and collect service and you can also request a book pack selected for you by library staff. These options have proved very popular.

“The service will also continue to offer a home delivery option for anyone, for whatever reason, who is unable to visit their library to collect items.”

The new arrangements will be introduced in phases and you should check the exact arrangements of your local library. Full details of opening hours and service options will be available on the library web pages from 7 September so you can plan your visit and phone to make an appointment:

Fines are not charged and the library service automatically renews books for the time being, so no-one has to worry about books being returned late or within a specified time.

Remember also that you can join Gwynedd Libraries to borrow e-books and e-audio books as well as e-magazines, in Welsh and English, free of charge.