reopen libraries

Books can be cleaned and quarantined when they are handed back in. Social distancing would be easy, order the books online then go and collect or have them delivered. It shouldn't be too difficult if people want to make it work.

Why the contribution is important

Books are a great source of comfort and relaxation.

by cherry on May 09, 2020 at 09:04AM

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Based on: 12 votes


  • Posted by David924 May 09, 2020 at 09:47

    Really important form of self chosen relaxation and for lots routine i.e. read before sleep. Agree there is no reason why library with online reservation can't still do this.
  • Posted by CarrieFortune May 09, 2020 at 10:48

    I think libraries should be a while yet people taking out boooks looking at them putting them back on shelves. I would open museums first where jo one touches anything. But even museums I would open after sports activities.
  • Posted by Emmab85 May 09, 2020 at 16:47

    I agree. Our community volunteers in Penicuik are giving out books. On return they are sanitised and left for a week before being loaned out again. Even if it's a mobile library with 2 in at a time.
  • Posted by ellied1 May 10, 2020 at 08:37

    I used to regularly order books online and simply collect and return at the desk. With social distancing and no browsing or other facility use eg IT equipment, I don't see why a basic collect service couldn't work like supermarket click and collect with a time slot, or a book drop facility be provided for books already borrowed and sitting in homes that could be sanitised and left a week before being made available online again.
  • Posted by eildontreerymer May 11, 2020 at 09:15

    The Scottish Government should be ordering local authorities to plan for early responsible opening of libraries - yet another example of too narrow a focus in this pandemic by the Government. People need to be given hope.
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