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West Berkshire libraries to close during Lockdown 2

Online services will be available

John Herring

John Herring


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 Newbury, Hungerford and Thatcham Libraries open from today

West Berkshire library buildings will close for a month as part of new national coronavirus restrictions.

Libraries across the district closed today (Thursday) until December 2 in line with new national restrictions.

Government guidance says that libraries "can remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect".

However, West Berkshire Libraries will not be able to offer in-person visits during the national restrictions period. 

It's Order & Collect service will be available online or by phone on (01635) 519813 (or ringing the local library) or by emailing 

Staff will arrange a set of books for collection based on the reader’s interests. Collections can be made from any of the eight libraries across the district or from the Mobile Library.

The At Home service may be able to deliver to those self-isolating or unable to pick up books due to age, disability or other special circumstance. This can be confirmed by emailing or by calling (01635) 519827.

E-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-newspapers are also available. More information about these and other free e-resources along with downloadable apps are available on the library website. 

West Berkshire Libraries also run a number of online activities, including weekly storytimes and crafts for children, online talks for adults, a Code Club for nine- to 11-year-olds and a book group on Facebook called West Berks Reads.

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