AS lockdown continues to ease, Swansea Council is extending its ‘Phone and Collect’ library book service to communities in Brynhyfryd, Llansamlet, Penlan, Pennard and Sketty.

The move follows the successful launch of the service in June at Swansea Central, Gorseinon, Morriston and Oystermouth libraries.

The council is also re-introducing a service at the nine libraries which will allow visitors to go to the library to use to a limited pre-booked PC and printing service.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said the careful extension of library services was aimed at ensuring users and staff alike continue to remain safe.

He said: “I am delighted that some of our libraries are now able to offer expanded services as part of our phased re-opening programme.

“Of course this is not yet the return of library services as we used to know it. Our message is that we want people to enjoy our library services responsibly.

“Our staff are extremely keen to get our libraries up and running and back to full service as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Robert Francis-David added:

“The safety of our customers and staff remains our main priority and we are continually looking to expand the current services in line with current Welsh Government guidance.”

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The Phone and Pick Up service has to be booked in advance and users are able to borrow up to 10 items for three weeks. Loans will be automatically renewed if they are not returned by the due date. All returned books are quarantined for 72 hours before being put back into circulation.

More details about how to use Phone and Collect can be found here: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/orderabook .

Information about the PC and printing service can be found on: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/bookacomputer.

Those who want to use photocopying and printing services should bring the correct money to pay for their printouts/copies to minimise cash handling.

Pre-booking is essential and your books will be ready and waiting for you at the library and an available designated PC reserved.

Please do not visit the library if you or anyone living with you is isolating, or is displaying coronavirus symptoms.

For the safety of our staff and customers, please be assured that we are following Public Health Wales and sector guidance on maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing and reducing the risk of cross – contamination by placing all returned books in a 72-hour quarantine.

On top of the Phone and Collect, many services will still be available online. Swansea Libraries members can download free e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Swansea Libraries members can use FREE online information resources including World Book Online, Credo Reference and NewsBank.

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