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Scheduled systems maintenance affecting multiple council systems: Several council systems, including online forms, will be unavailable this weekend from 6am Saturday 3 to 6am Monday 5 October.


Book a library visit

Our libraries have reopened using a booking system and offering a click and collect service.

You’ll need to book a time slot to visit the library.

Library opening hours will be slightly different to normal, to comply with government guidelines and social distancing guidance. Please visit the page for your library to see the days and times that bookable visits will be available. 

You need to be a library member to book a time slot. If you’re not already a library member, you can join the library online.

The following libraries are offering bookable visits:
Ashby de la ZouchLoughborough
BirstallMarket Harborough*
BlabyMelton Mowbray
Broughton AstleyLutterworth
Earl ShiltonShepshed

*If you'd like to book a visit to Market Harborough library, please call the library directly on 0116 305 3627. The booking line is open between 10am-5:30pm Tues-Fri and 10am-3:30pm Sat.

Some community managed libraries are also open or offering a click and collect service. Please contact them directly for details. 

Track and Trace

Following government guidance, we are recording the presence of members of the public inside the library at any given time. 

We'll ask for the name and telephone number of the person making the booking. We may need to share these details with the NHS in case someone tests positive for COVID-19.

All details will be stored securely and destroyed after 21 days.

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, after you visit the library, book a test online immediately or call 119, and only leave home to go for your test.

When you visit the library

  • You'll need to bring your library card with you
  • If you've booked your visit online, please keep a copy of your confirmation email to show to staff
  • Please arrive at the library no more than 5 minutes before your time slot. There may be a short queue
  • You may arrive at any time within your time slot but you must leave the library at the end of your booked session
  • Only enter the library when told to by a member of staff
  • You’ll need to sanitise your hands before entering the library - hand sanitiser is available at all sites
  • You will need to wear a face covering (unless exempt). From Saturday 8 August, this is mandatory in all libraries
  • You will have a 25-30 minute slot (depending on the library) to browse, borrow and return any items.
  • Some services and facilities are unavailable at the moment 
  • All items must be issued using the self-service kiosk
  • You must leave at the end of your time slot

We recommend that you: 

  • also sanitise your hands when leaving the library

You must not visit:

The following services are currently unavailable:

  • PCs and printers
  • DVD loans (except for U-rated titles)
  • seating, study areas and meeting rooms
  • newspapers and magazines
  • smart library service
  • events, clubs or social activities
  • the home library service

Book a time slot

Every visitor, including children, will need to have a booking. You can visit in groups of up to 3. Only one person needs to make the booking but you’ll need to let us know how many people are coming.

To book a time slot, you’ll need to:

  • choose a library from the list e.g. Ashby library visit
  • select a date and a time slot
  • provide your:
    • name
    • telephone number
    • email address
    • library card number

Book a time slot

If you don’t have an email address and would like to visit a library, please call 0116 305 2695 to speak to a member of the libraries team. Lines are open between 10am–5pm weekdays and 10am–2pm on Saturdays.

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