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Libraries update

Due to new lockdown rules, from Thursday 5 November 2020, our library services will change as follows:

  • Main library areas will not be available for browsing
  • Public computers and self-study areas are closed
  • You can reserve and collect items at Bath Central, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton libraries
  • Return books through designated drop-boxes on the ground floor of Bath Central Library, and at the entrances of Keynsham and Midsomer Norton libraries
  • Face coverings are required in our libraries, unless you have a special exemption, in line with the latest government guidance on face coverings 
  • The number of people entering the library at any one time will be limited
  • Follow social distancing protocols and use the hand sanitisers provided
  • 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, and we will let you know when your items are ready to be collected.

All other library services remain suspended.

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.