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Details of phased reopening of libraries announced

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Earlier this month the Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Martin Gannon and Chief Executive, Sheena Ramsey, wrote an open letter to residents advising of the council's decision to prioritise its Covid-19 response and to adopt a phased approach to the reopening of libraries.

We are delighted to now announce the details of what library services will return and when:

  • From Monday 29 March - Our Ring and Read service will resume as well as limited access to public computers for essential purposes at Gateshead Central, Blaydon, Birtley, Leam Lane, Crawcrook, Chopwell and Pelaw. Ring and Read will also restart at volunteer operated libraries, except for Felling, which will remain closed due to the operation of a vaccination facility. 
  • From Monday 12 April - Library access for the selection of books will be resume at Council and volunteer operated libraries. All services will operate with Covid-19 risk reduction measures in place.

St Mary's Heritage Centre remains closed until further notice.

Limited opening hours will apply initially to be reviewed regularly. Visit the web content for your local library to see current opening hours. 

The dates specified for the reopening of our libraries are subject to change and entirely dependent on our ability to maintain essential frontline Covid-19 response services as well as virus transmission trends, case numbers, impact on NHS services and any emerging variants of concern.


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