COVID-19: Libraries

The Davis Central Library, Gonville Library and Alexander Heritage and Research Library have reopened for their normal hours, with numbers limited to maintain physical distancing requirements.  

We know that there are more than 20,000 books and DVDs out on loan and a lot of people will be looking to return their current loans and take out new items. Please limit your visit to 30 minutes out of consideration for other library users. 

The mobile library service will be running. 

Hakeke Street Library and Rangiora Street Library will remain closed at this stage.  

Changes to services 

The cafés at the Davis and Gonville Libraries will not initially be operating. 

The library will be able to accept card only payments at Alert Level 2 – no cash. As a result, printing, photocopying and scanning services, which typically involve handling small change, will not be available. 

The rental charges for DVDs, bestsellers and magazines will be removed temporarily. 

Internet on demand computers will be available from Monday, 25 May 2020.  

Contact tracing 

You will need to provide your name and contact details when you enter a library, in line with contract tracing requirements. 

Physical distancing 

Customers must be in groups of 10 or less and keep a distance of one metre from other groups or individuals. Library furniture has been rearranged to support physical distancing. 

Hygiene measures 

Library staff have implemented rigorous hygiene measures, including frequent hand-washing and regular disinfecting of surfaces.  

Books do not need to be quarantined, but please wash your hands after handling books.  

Hand sanitiser will be provided at library entrances and exits.