Published Wednesday, 25 March 2020
All of Coventry’s libraries closed from the end of Monday 23 March as a response to Coronavirus.
The measure has been taken following increased calls from the Government to observe social distancing. The closure will continue until further notice.
The decision was taken by the Leader of the Council in conjunction with the Chief Executive and the relevant Cabinet Member.
Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “While I am very sad this decision has had to be made, it is clearly the right thing to do.
“Our libraries are very popular as meeting places which in normal times is one of their great strengths. However, it has become increasingly clear how vital it is for everyone to follow the advice around social distancing as it gives us the best chance to limit the spread of Coronavirus.
“We know how important our libraries are for those without access to the internet, especially those at school and college and residents who need to keep in touch with relatives and health and care centres. We will be looking at ways in which we can provide further help.
“We will of course advise people when the restrictions are lifted either fully and partially and we can’t wait to see our libraries busy again.”
The Council’s Schools Library team will be continuing to work with schools to support them maintain education provision for the children of key workers.
Following the closure of all libraries the dates for items to be returned has been extended and any fines or charges waived. We will continue to do this until libraries are able to re-open to the public. We also plan to offer an extended e-book and e-audiobook offer from the beginning of April along with a comprehensive range of e-newspapers and e-magazines.
You can join the library online and there is still the opportunity to borrow ebooks, eaudiobooks, e-magazines and enewspapers.
You can also get some great ideas for books to read, children’s activities and library news by following the Library service on social media and by signing up to the Library newsletter.