In line with government guidance, we are open for browsing, computer use and printing. Our order and collect service is available at all Dorset Council libraries. 

See library opening information.

Library services will look and feel quite different as some processes temporarily change and some services will be unavailable.

  • we are limiting the number of people allowed in at the same time
  • face coverings are to be worn when using the library
  • social distancing measures are in place and customers will be expected to meet these and other safety measures such as using the hand sanitiser provided
  • we will take contact details for the NHS Track and Trace purposes only
  • toilet facilities are not in use
  • seating in most areas has been removed or is unavailable
  • staff are unable to accept donations of books from customers until further notice

Services currently available at libraries

We have these services available:

  • order and collect
  • browsing and issuing books and other items - suggested maximum browsing time of 15 minutes
  • returning books and other items
  • public computer use - internet access and computers will be available but you will need to pre-book a session (maximum of 45 minutes) in advance by contacting your local library. There will be no staff support available
  • the reservation service will be available and you can reserve up to 10 books at any one time
  • printing and photocopying is available

Services not available in libraries at the moment

These are the services we cannot offer at the moment:

Returning items, charges and overdue items

We're still applying these conditions at our libraries:

  • all items issued will be subject to the normal loan period  (21 days for books and talking books, 7 days for DVDs/music CDs)
  • you can return items to any open library
  • you can use your membership card to borrow from any open library
  • overdue and reservation charges (where relevant) will be applied
  • hire charges for DVDs and talking books will apply for all items issued 

If you are unable to visit a library

We have a range of free digital resources that you can access from home with your library membership card. If you are eligible you can apply to use our home library service or if you are shielding have a delivery arranged through the order and collect service

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