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Coronavirus (COVID-19): public libraries guidance

Published: 5 Mar 2021
Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Information and advice to help public libraries re-open safely.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): public libraries guidance
Next steps

Next steps

Review and future development

This guidance extends until further notice. It sets out both our current advice and guidance for public libraries in helping to handle COVID-19.

Easing restrictions will not mean returning to how things were before the virus. Physical distancing, hand hygiene, and other critical behaviours will be essential in each area to ensure public and workforce confidence.  

This guidance will be updated and reviewed as required in consultation with the sector’s employers and unions. Please ensure you use the latest version. 

It is for individual public library services in conjunction with trade union or workforce representatives to decide how best to successfully adopt and adapt guidance for their individual circumstances.



First published: 5 Mar 2021 Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 -