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.
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.”
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