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Libraries update

Changes to our libraries from Wednesday 2 December 2020:

  • Bath Central, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton Libraries are open for browsing and collecting items you have reserved, from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Ring to reserve an item if you don't have access to the LibrariesWest website - call Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41 (select option 5) and tell our library staff which items (maximum of 10) you want to reserve and your library card number. We will let you know when your items are ready to be collected.

View our COVID safe protocols

  • Limited areas for browsing in our libraries
  • Limited number of people entering our libraries at any one time
  • Public computers and self-study areas are closed
  • Return books through designated drop-boxes on the ground floor of Bath Central Library, and at the entrances of Keynsham and Midsomer Norton libraries
  • You must follow social distancing protocols, use the hand sanitisers provided and wear a face covering in our libraries (unless you have a special exemption, in line with the latest government guidance on face coverings)

Access our virtual library

You can still access our e-Books, e-Audiobooks, and e-Magazines, and check out our social media for updates on what we are doing to deliver services to you. Visit our digital facilities and resources web page for more details.

Visit our blog or one of our social media channels:
Facebook: bathneslibraries
Instagram: bathnes_libraries
Twitter: BathnesL

Logging on to LibrariesWest

You will need your PIN to log on to the CloudLibrary (for e-Books). If you don’t know your PIN or have forgotten it, go to 'Log In' on the LibrariesWest website, and then select ‘Forgot my PIN’ and you should receive an automated email (as long as you have a current email address on your library record).

If you don’t receive one after checking your junk/spam folder, email librarieswest@somerset.gov.uk, with your name and borrower number. If you receive an error message when you log on, your membership is probably incorrect or has expired, and so you will need to create a new account

Community run libraries

To find reopening details for each of the independent community run libraries, you will need to check their individual website or Facebook page. You can find a your local community library on our website.