Isle of Wight Council libraries will appear a bit more like their old selves from Monday (19th July).

Opening hours are going to be extended and there will no longer be limits on the number of people who can be in the building at any one time.

Other changes will see the return of comfortable seating in the adult and children’s libraries, study tables will be available and people will be able to read the day’s newspapers.

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Computers will be available for free use and Islanders can once again look forward to the start of library events and activities for groups, families and children later in the year.

Despite all legal COVID restrictions being lifted on Monday, the Council are still telling people to use Test and Trace and wear a face covering.

Councillor Jonathan Bacon, Cabinet lead for libraries, said:

“When you visit your local library, please follow a few sensible COVID-19 precautions to keep yourself and other customers safe.

“Sanitise your hands on arrival, zap the NHS Test and Trace app or fill in a very small contact details form, and please continue to wear a face covering for your own safety and the safety of people around you.”

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The council is reintroducing the 60p reservation charge on books from 19th July, but is extending the fines amnesty until the Autumn.

Revised Opening Hours

  • Cowes Library – Mon/Tues/Fri, 10:00-12:30 / 13:30-17:00, Sat 10:00-16:30
  • Freshwater Library – Tues/Weds/Fri, 09:30-12:30 / 13:30-16:30, Sat 09:30-12:30
  • Lord Louis Library, Newport – Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri, 09:00-17:30, Sat 09:00-17:00
  • Ryde Library – Mon/Tues/Fri, 09:00-17:30, Weds 10:30-19:00, Sat 09:00-17:00
  • Sandown Library – Tues/Thurs/Fri, 09:00-12:30 / 13:30-17:00, Sat 09:00-12:30 / 13:30-16:30
  • Ventnor Library – Tues/Fri, 09:30-12:30 / 13:30-17:00, Weds 13:00-18:00, Sat 09:30-12:30 / 13:30-16:30

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17 days ago

So no change then
Open after the workers get to work and close before we finish work
Is this service part of our council tax?

P. R.
P. R.
16 days ago

Shame on you Bacon for perpetuating this propaganda. There is no legal requirement to wear masks so just stop this hysteria and scaremongering.

16 days ago

hardly back too normal with those unnessesary rules still.move on people.its not law too do them.and jabs are for what again???

Telling it like it is.
Telling it like it is.
Reply to  jon
16 days ago

Not everyone can have the vaccine, but still have to go out and buy their groceries. I see people walking around in the open air in countryside in Japan and all wearing masks, but then we can’t expect British people to behave like that, as Japan is a far more civilised country with more polite and respectful citizens. Not like over here when they would come up close and cough in your face and expect you to put up with it.

Reply to  Telling it like it is.
15 days ago

well go on then move to japan your problems are solved.

Telling it like it is.
Telling it like it is.
Reply to  stephen
14 days ago

I only wish i could. If I could, I would. But am stuck here. And as far as I know, Japan, unlike Britain, does not allow total floods of immigrants into their country to live permanently, and I can’t say I blame them. Which is probably one of the reasons it is such a beneficial country to be in for people who want respectful and considerate citizens instead of the yobbish types and proud of it in this country!

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