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Branch library services set to reopen across Rutland

Date Published: 04 August 2020
Oakham Library

Branch libraries across Rutland are due to reopen from next week, providing a collection and drop-off service for registered library users.

Following the successful reopening of Oakham Library on Wednesday 22 July, residents will soon be able to access books and DVDs from local libraries in Ketton, Uppingham and Ryhall.

Each library will open one day a week so that registered users can collect and return items that have been pre-ordered over the phone or via the Rutland Libraries website.

Books and DVDs can be ordered online or by calling: 01572 722 918. Items must be requested in advance and users must have their library card with them when visiting the library to collect items.

Items will be held in storage for 72 hours once returned, before they can be loaned back out again. Other COVID-19 safety measures will be in place at each library, including:

  • Social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • A limit on the number of people who can enter each library building at a time
  • No browsing of library stock
  • No computer access, printing or photocopying 

“We know that people have really valued being able to use Oakham Library again. Clearly, given that COVID-19 remains a concern, it is not quite ‘business as usual’ for our library services. It’s incredibly positive that we’ll soon be able to welcome people back to our branch libraries in Uppingham, Ketton and Ryhall. However, like Oakham, there are limits on what we can do safely so please be mindful of the measures that are in place.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure 

Opening times for each of Rutland’s branch libraries are as follows:  

  • Uppingham Library – Tuesdays (from Tues 11 August) 9.30am to 2.00pm
  • Ketton Library – Thursdays (from Thurs 13 August) 9.30am to 2.00pm
  • Ryhall Library – Thursday (from Thurs 13 August) 9.30am to 2.00pm 

If you live in Rutland, you can join Rutland Libraries for free, online.

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