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Libraries reopening

Bath Central, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton Libraries will reopen for customer browsing and collection of reservations from Tuesday 22nd September 2020, from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. There will be some changes in place to protect public health, and these are as follows:

  • Main library areas will be available for browsing following social distancing protocols
  • 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
  • Public computers and self-study areas will remain closed
  • Books should be returned through designated drop-boxes on the ground floor of Bath Central Library, and at the entrances of Keynsham and Midsomer Norton Libraries
  • There will be a limited range of pre-selected books to 'grab and go' (you will need your library card for this)
  • Follow social distancing protocols 
  • Use the hand sanitisers provided

All other library services remain suspended.

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 social media channels:
Facebook: bathneslibraries
Instagram: bathnes_libraries
Twitter: BathnesL

Logging on to LibrariesWest from 15 July 2020

From the 15 July 2020, 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.

View our latest guidance on COVID-19