Isle of Wight libraries will extend their services after strict lockdown rules are eased next week.

In recent weeks library customers have been able to visit their local council-run library to return and collect books they have reserved, and to pick up book selections they have requested through the order and collect service.

Now the council is able to reopen the library doors, after making changes to ensure visiting is as Covid-safe as possible for both staff and customers.

Rob Jones, library service manager said: “We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to our libraries.

"It may feel a little different, but we are working hard to ensure the libraries are as safe and comfortable as possible.

"Books borrowed before this latest lockdown have all had their due-back date extended until May 1."

Cowes, Freshwater, Lord Louis, Ryde, Sandown and Ventnor Libraries will open their doors to customers for book borrowing during week beginning April 12, with revised opening hours.

New rules in places...

  • Public computers must be booked in advance, with wi-fi available for library users to browse the internet on their own devices.
  • There will be a limit on the number of customers allowed in each library at any time and this will differ according to the size and layout of the building.
  • Everybody coming into the library will be asked to provide NHS Test and Trace contact information, and face coverings will be required.
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided from wall-mounted dispensers and all people will need to use this as they enter the building.
  • Customer time will be limited to 15 minutes for “Grab & Go” book borrowing and 30 minutes pre-booked computer or wi-fi use.