Libraries across Thurrock will reopen on Monday 1 March in line with government guidance, offering residents a limited order and collect service and essential computer use.
The libraries in Grays, Aveley, Belhus, Blackshots, Chadwell St Mary, Corringham, East Tilbury and Tilbury will operate under reduced hours and have measures in place to keep residents and staff safe.
Residents will be able to reserve new items, and use the online order and collect facility to borrow books and audiobooks by arranging a contact-free collection at their reopened library. The order and collect service can also be arranged by phoning their local library. Items already on loan can be returned.
Essential public computer and printer access will also be available and has been extended to a one-hour slot each day. Computers must be pre-booked no more than 1 day in advance.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "Our libraries provide a lifeline for many residents in our borough and I'm delighted that they have been able to reopen on this basis.
"The order and collect service was very popular when we first offered this option in November last year, and our libraries received more than 300 orders and collections. We have also seen high numbers of uptake for digital library services, with Essex and Thurrock receiving 46,874 issues for e-books and e-audio through BorrowBox during January 2021.
"Library users can continue to benefit from Reading Friends, a nationwide initiative aimed at tackling loneliness which we launched in Thurrock earlier this month."
More information can be found at thurrock.gov.uk/libraries