DORSET Council’s remaining 11 libraries that have been closed since the beginning of the pandemic are set to open their doors from next week.
This includes Lyme Regis Library, which will open on Monday, September 7, along with Corfe Mullen and Crossways.
From Tuesday, September 2, libraries at Littlemoor, Lytchett Matravers, Portland, Sturminster Newton, Upton and West Moors will reopen.
Wyke Regis and Beaminster will reopen by late September with dates to be confirmed.
This follows the successful reopening of 12 libraries across the Dorset Council area – Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, Ferndown, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Swanage, Verwood, Wareham, Weymouth and Wimborne.
Customers will be able to browse the shelves and use the public computers, which will be available for a 45-minute session and should be pre-booked by telephoning in advance.
Opening times are being limited to mornings so teams can work safely in the afternoons to pick and pack bags for the order and collect service, an alternative service for existing customers who are unable to spend time in the library.
For those without online access, orders can be made by telephoning 01305 228400.
You can check opening times of your local library on the website www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries
Books and other items borrowed from a library can be returned via the letterbox or to any Dorset library.
The council is asking everyone to wear face coverings when coming to the library, as well as reminding people about the importance of keeping up with regular hand washing and staying two metres apart from others.