Sonning Common Library is now open

Please come and visit the library – but be prepared for some changes:

  • You need to sanitise your hands at the door, fill in an NHS Test and Trace form, and wear a mask (unless exempt for health reasons)
  • If the library happens to be busy, you might have to wait at the door: visitor numbers are limited to maintain social distancing.
  • All returned books will be put in a box by the door and quarantined for at least 72 hours before being discharged and shelved
  • There is a one-way system, with the exit at the far end of the library, down the steps
  • You are free to browse – but please limit your visit to 30 minutes
  • Please remember to bring your library card
  • There are only 2 computers available – again limited to 30 minutes use
  • All books which were taken out before lockdown have had their due dates extended into October – bring them back ASAP!
  • The dropbox for returns is now open
  • If books were overdue before lockdown you still need to pay fines on them, but the lockdown months will not be counted
  • There have been slight changes to opening hours – check on the website (www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries) or in the library for details

There are no extra activities at the moment: no Storytimes or Rhymetimes, no Reading Group, Scrabble Club or Craft Group, and no Digital Helper sessions. I don’t know when they will be allowed to resume.

But we have plenty of new books, and we can get books in from other libraries for you – and the reservation fee has gone down to £1.15!

So do come in, even if it’s just to say hello and welcome back – Annabel and I will be delighted to see you.