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Three more Bristol libraries to re-open next month

Main image: Knowle Library at Broadwalk Shopping Centre.

Three more Bristol Libraries will be re-opening their doors to the public from Monday 12 October.

Knowle in Broadwalk Shopping Centre will be opening along with Junction 3 in Easton and Henleaze Library.

Knowle will be the second South Bristol Library to re-open following Stockwood in August – but there is currently no news about Filwood Library.

As with other libraries that are currently open – a reduced service will be in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

Safety measures include only allowing a certain number of people in at one time, signs to help with social distancing, perspex screens and hand sanitiser stations,.

There will also be limited browsing time and restricted computer access – which must be booked in advance by phone. All toilets will remain closed.

Books will be quarantined for 72 hours on return. All items currently on loan from closed libraries have been automatically extended.

Reservations and charges for libraries which are open have now restarted.

A call and collect service will also be introduced to a further ten libraries across the city – including Marksbury Road, Wick Road, Bishopsworth and Whitchurch.

People will be able to request books over the phone or by email, with a maximum of five per person (or eight for children).

Bristol Libraries will continue to offer a wide variety of online services for people to access at home including ebooks from CloudLibrary and Overdrive. There is also access to eAudio books through BorrowBox.

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

Online events from children’s story time and quizzes to a virtual Lego club and podcasts will continue to run while library services start to gradually reopen.

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, Cllr Asher Craig said: “We appreciate the importance of a local library and we are doing everything we can to reopen our libraries in a safe and responsible manner.

“We are continuing with our cautious, phased approach and we need your help to make sure everything runs smoothly. From 12 October we will have 17 of our 27 branch libraries offering a service, with seven open for browsing and computer access.

“We will keep reviewing the situation as we move forward to see when we can expand our offering even further.

“Our fantastic library service continues to offer so many activities and events online, which have proved hugely popular over the summer. We will be looking to maintain our digital offering as we start to reopen our buildings.

“Thank you for your co-operation as we continue to reintroduce the service.”

Bristol Libraries will constantly review government guidance as they work towards opening more libraries and increasing services – look out for updates.

For information on joining, new opening hours and services you can access at home, visit or search Bristol Libraries online.

Current library opening hours:

Central Library: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm. 
Stockwood Library: Monday to Saturday, 1pm to 4pm.
Henbury Library: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am to 4pm.
Fishponds Library: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am to 4pm.