Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Library services affected by coronavirus

In light of recent government guidelines, Libraries are looking to the future and when we can offer services again. We know that many of you are keen to know when libraries will be open; this will be managed using a phased approach. In line with Government guidance, from 8th Aug you will be required to wear a face covering when in the library. Please ensure you have a face covering with you when you attend the library. 

Information about service changes will be published here so please do keep checking for updates.

Our  online services are available – check your library account 24/7, download eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks and eNewspapers.

Click and Collect

Order a selection of books to collect from one of our selected libraries in Warwickshire. It’s a bit like the ‘click and collect’ service you can use to buy your shopping.

You must pre-order the books you’d like to borrow. A member of staff will call you to arrange for you to collect your order as soon as possible but please allow up to 5 working days.

The libraries offering click and collect are:

  • Leamington Library
  • Warwick Library
  • Nuneaton Library
  • Rugby Library
  • Stratford Library
  • Atherstone Library

Click to ‘Click and collect’

Book returns

The following libraries are able to accept returns within restricted hours (no appointment required).

Quarantining and cleaning measures for returned books are in place, please allow up to one week for items to be removed from your account after they have been returned. Please click on the library links below for further information and current library opening times.

Currently open libraries:

From 13 August:

From 17 August:

From 25 August:

From 27 August: 

Book a computer

Book a slot to use a computer at one of our selected libraries from Monday 13 July. Use the online booking service or contact us for further assistance.

In line with Government guidance, from 8 Aug you will be required to wear a face covering when in the library, unless you are exempt. Please ensure you have a face covering with you for your appointment.

Customers can pre-book computer sessions online here or by phone.

  • Access to computers is by pre booking only, drop-in sessions are not available.
  • Computer sessions are 45 minutes. These times cannot be extended.
  • There are no scanning facilities available.
  • Printing will only be available from 17 August
  • The computers are self service only. Staff assistance will not be available.
  • Computers are single person use for everyone aged 12 or over.

Mobile libraries

Following advice from Public Health, the decision has been made to suspend the mobile library service until further notice.

Home library service

Whilst it may not currently be possible to visit your local library in person our Home Library Service is operating with some restrictions.

If you are not normally able to visit the library due to ill health or disability and you do not have someone to collect books for you, the library can come to you. 

Visit Home Library Service for more information.

Community/volunteer-run libraries

Check the Find a Library page for individual library opening times.

Can I renew a book?

You can renew books you take out using our Click & Collect service online but there is no need to renew books taken out before 24 March as these are not due back until 30 September.

Check your library account to find out when your books are due back.

Will I be fined?

Any library fines and charges incurred prior to 24 March 2020 will still be payable.

Fines from 24 March will be waived.

From 13 July books borrowed via Click and Collect will not attract reservation charges but other charges may still apply.

Contact us if you have any account queries.

Are there alternative ways to borrow?

Yes, our online library services are still available, including eLibrary - eBooks, Audio, Magazines, Newspapers and Music, eInformation & Learning, Home Learning and Homework Help.

Can I still join the library?

You can only join online. Please complete the online join up form, a library card number and PIN will be emailed to you within a couple of working days. You will then be able to use the online services straight away. Your library card, which can be used in any Warwickshire Library, will be posted to you once the libraries reopen.

Digital Library Support

If you are interested in the digital library but have never used it. We can contact you to explain how to access the eLibrary using your library membership. To request help contact us.

Regular befriending telephone call

A friendly member of staff can ring you for a chat regularly - to check how you are getting on, signpost you to other services that might offer help, and perhaps discuss the books you have been reading, or suggest others.

Contact Us to request a call.

Will library-based activities and groups still run?

Library buildings are not currently hosting any events or activities. However, online, staff are leading events and activities on Facebook and Twitter.

Can I use wifi?

Visiting a Warwickshire Library to use the public WIFI is not currently permitted.

Can I use a photocopier, scanner or printer?

No, these services are currently not available.

Can I access the local studies collection (old newspapers/maps/microfilm)?

Local studies collections in the library are not currently accessible. Visit the Local Studies page for resources available from home.

Local Studies books can be reserved via the Click and Collect service.

Can I donate books to the library?

We are currently unable to accept donations.

Can I access the Music and Drama collection?

Collections of items are not available. Single items can be reserved via the Click and Collect service.

Reading groups

The reading group service will be reinstated on the 20 July. Request a set online from the Reading Group Collection website.

Boxes can be returned to our 'Click and Collect’ libraries by appointment only. Click and Collect libraries currently include Leamington, Nuneaton, Rugby, Atherstone, Stratford, Warwick.

To arrange an appointment to return please email [email protected] or call 0300 555 8171.