‘Call and collect’ service will return to seven libraries after lockdown but museums remain closed

Main image: Marksbury Road is one of seven libraries offering a Call and Collect service after lockdown. Picture Friends of Marksbury Road Library.

The Call and Collect service will return to seven libraries across the city – including Marksbury Road – when lockdown lifts next month.

All Bristol City Council run museums and archives will remain closed – but will continue to deliver an online events programme including talks, performances, and festivals.

People will be able to access the library service from 3 December – which includes reservations and a new quick book bundle offer – with Central Library also open for computer access.

As well as Marksbury Road, Stockwood Library will be offering the service in South Bristol. The other branch libraries across the city are Fishponds, Henbury, Bishopston and Henleaze.

These have been chosen to make sure library services are available in as many parts of the city as possible.

Bristol Libraries is also offering a variety of online services for people to access at home – from eBooks to eAudio books.

Members can also read thousands of daily newspapers from around the world, as well as popular eMagazines and eComics.

The library team is also running a number of online events from children’s story time and quizzes, to a virtual Lego club, the Libraries Podcast and a new virtual book group.

Since March the library service has offered over 88 events and says it has seen attendance and views top over 31,000.

The city’s museums have been offering webinars – with over 1,000 school aged children in Bristol taking part since mid September – and these are set to continue.

The public will also be able to continue to access digital exhibitions and the city’s archives, with many collections and stories available online. 

It is expected these plans will be in place until February, where they will then be reviewed in line with the current government guidance.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet member with responsibility for Public Health, said: “We are having to strike a very difficult balance between public safety and recognising the importance that libraries and museums have in our everyday lives.

“While the physical buildings may be remaining shut, both libraries and museums have some fantastic online resources that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. The Call and Collect service also means that books will still be available from a range of libraries across the city.

“We will continue to monitor government advice, and we look forward to being able to open up our cultural services as soon as possible.”

The museum shops will fulfil online orders to allow people to shop local this Christmas and support the museums.  To find out more visit www.bristolmuseums.org.uk

The library service is free to join and can be done online, allowing immediate access to digital resources. For information visit www.bristol.gov.uk/libraries or search Bristol Libraries online.