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Library services

Last Updated 11:03am, 5 November 2020


Introduction

Information about coronavirus is available in different formats and languages, including easy read, BSL and for people who are not online.

Library service updates

Libraries open for Choose and Collect across Devon and Torbay

Following the government’s announcement of a national lockdown starting 5 November, libraries in Devon and Torbay will be open for the free Choose & Collect service.


A ‘Choose and Collect’ service is in place at most libraries – telephone, email or reserve a book on your local library’s website and arrange a collection date for titles selected for you.

The Devon Mobile Library service restarted from Monday 13 July running a reduced service. Mobile libraries will be following their usual timetables but are unable to visit schools, nurseries and care homes.

The Home Library Service resumed from some libraries from Monday 13 July.

A book delivery service – books by foot, bike and post is available at Exeter library if you live within 5 miles. Simply telephone or email, library staff will select items based on your discussion and make a delivery to your home.

Our services will look different for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, customers will understand measures in place such as:

  • A free of charge ‘Choose and Collect’ service is available where customers can select books or request a selection of books, via email or telephone from their local library, ready for collection from the library entrance at a pre-arranged time.
  • The full reservation system is now also available.
  • Exeter library is offering a new contactless book delivery service to customers who live within walking or cycling distance of the library. This will be of benefit to customers who are shielding, vulnerable or unable to travel to the library, as well as those who are digitally excluded and not able to access our eBooks online.
  • Events in libraries will remain suspended for now but people can still enjoy the activities and events which library staff are streaming and sharing online.

We will continue to develop our online digital offer so you have plenty of choice from the comfort of your home. Find out more on the Devon Libraries website or the Torbay Libraries website.

For general information and advice please visit the Devon Libraries website or the Torbay Libraries website.

More news about the library service and the events that are continuing to take place can also be found on the Libraries Unlimited website.

Join the digital library

It’s free to become a member of the library and you will get immediate access to download and stream free eBooks, eAudioBooks and eMagazines.

Join the library now.


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