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The Isle of Wight Council has decided to close all libraries due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It is said that the decision has been made in order to follow government instructions to increase social isolation, and in order to protect the public and staff.

The libraries team is working with community partners to create local hubs enabling residents to safely access the internet or to gather information about council services.

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Readers will not be fined for overdue books with due back dates extended.

The local authority aims to reopen libraries, offering reduced services, as soon as procedures have been put in place to keep visitors and staff safe.

In order to take advantage of our online services – ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines and newspapers – visit You will need your library card number and PIN for these services. If you have lost your card or forgotten your PIN, call 823824 during office hours.

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tony morris

I thought the Council leader said libraries would be open!

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