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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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Leicestershire is now in national lockdown – here’s the latest information on our services. You can find more information about restrictions at gov.uk/coronavirus

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Library update

From 5 January, our council-run libraries remain closed for events, browsing, borrowing and returning items.

Following government guidance, we are still offering a click and collect service and library members who do not have computer access at home or are looking for work will be able to book a computer to use.  This will be kept under review, in line with infection rates in the county.

You can also visit our digital library and access thousands of books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers on your phone, tablet or computer. If you’re not already a member, it’s quick and easy to join online.

All loans will be extended until Monday 22 February and no overdue or hire charges will be applied during this period.

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  • Find a library 

    Search for a library in your area. Opening times are shown on each library page.

  • Click and Collect service 

    Helping you discover your next great read.

  • Book a computer to use at a library 

    You can book a computer to use at a library up to two weeks in advance

  • Join the Library 

    You can join online if you are 16 or over.

  • Digital Library Services 

    Use the free digital library services to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers using a smartphone, tablet, Mac or PC.

  • Reference Library 

    For members of Leicestershire Libraries. Online reference library for books and authors, reference books and dictionaries, access to research, business information and consumer advice, Driving Theory Test, and local and family history.

  • Renew and Reserve 

    Renew or reserve library items

  • Smart Libraries 

    From 1 April 2019, the following libraries will be self-access Smart Libraries: Ashby De La Zouch, Birstall, Blaby, Broughton Astley, Coalville, Earl Shilton, Glenfield, Hinckley, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Oadby, Shepshed, Syston and Wigston.

  • Bookstart 

    Book sharing is an enjoyable and important part of a child’s development and is also fantastic for bonding between you and your child. Bookstart is the national programme that encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with children from an early age.

  • Hire a library room  

    Rooms are available to hire in libraries by community groups, individuals and private companies.

  • The Home Library Service 

    The Home Library Service can bring books to your home if you find it difficult to get to a library.

  • Mobile library routes 

    The travelling library service visits communities that do not have a static library, within Leicestershire.

  • Reading Well for Health and Wellbeing 

    Our Reading Well collections help you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading recommendations. Also known as Books on Prescription.

  • Ordnance Survey mapping service 

    Site-centred Ordnance Survey (OS) maps suitable for Planning Applications.

  • Artsmark - learning through arts and culture 

    Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and educational settings, awarded by Arts Council England.

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