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Newby And Scalby Library To Re-Open

Newby And Scalby Library To Re-Open

Published by Karen Liu at 1:24pm 2nd July 2020.

Newby and Scalby Library have announced that they are re-opening later this month.

It is opening on Monday 13th July and has published what safety measures it has put in place.

It said:

"It will be no surprise to learn that things will not be returning to normal right away. Following the relaxation of restrictions, the library will reopen in stages, putting the safety of customers and staff and volunteers at the forefront all the way. To avoid any disappointment, we need to tell you about how the service will operate in the first stage.

Sadly, there will be no access to the library for browsing.  We will operate a one way system and social distancing should be observed throughout.  Sanitiser will be provided on entry.  

As far as possible we will schedule visits to avoid over-crowding.  To borrow items or book a computer please phone 01609 534059 during opening hours or email

Select and Collect service - Customers can select books from the online catalogue, checking that they are available in our library.  Alternatively, you will be able to call or email to request the kind of books you like. A volunteer will hand-pick a selection that meets your request, and arrange a convenient time for you to collect the books. As usual, books can be borrowed for up to three weeks.

Book Bundles - Customers can also use a new “pot-luck” service, which offers specially selected book bundles to borrow.  These will include 4 books for adults or 6 in the children’s bundles.   Simply call or email as above.

Returned books - People will be able to return books, but for now the library will not be open for any other services. Books will be quarantined when they are returned.

IT – The IT area will be open on a restricted basis.  Time on the computers will be limited to ensure fair access.  Please book in advance.

Library garden - The garden will be open and available for people to enjoy during opening hours.  Social distancing will be maintained.

Temporary Opening Hours

  • Mondays   10am – 2pm
  • Wednesdays 10am – 2pm
  • Fridays  10am – 2pm 

Please note that, in this initial phase, the library toilets and coffee machine will be unavailable. 

During this staged opening period, no charges will be made to avoid cash transactions.  However, DONATIONS WILL BE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED.  Please remember, we are self-funding.  Every penny counts!

Further information about the extension of opening hours and services will be provided in due course.  We thank you for your co-operation in these difficult times.


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