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Coronavirus (COVID-19): public libraries guidance

Published: 5 Mar 2021
Last updated: 27 Apr 2021 - see all updates

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

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): public libraries guidance
Protection levels framework

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Protection levels framework

Protection level breakdown for public library services

The below table is a further breakdown of the protection levels and provides more detailed guidance about the service public libraries are able to offer at each level. The below table also applies to mobile libraries. Services should only be reinstated if safe to do so, following risk assessments and with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing measures in place. The 2m physical distancing rule should be applied at all times which may mean a more restricted occupancy within the library.

Dwell time definition

Dwell time can be considered as any time that is not spent either collecting books, or if the level allows, at a bookable space or browsing. Dwell time can be applied to actions that have the potential for increased contact time and risk of transmission. Examples may include: sitting on sofas, reading a book or newspaper, parents reading to children and conversations in groups.

Level

What you can expect

Level 0 (Baseline)

  • enhanced hygiene and physical distancing
  • face coverings
  • 72 hour book quarantine
  • access for browsing the library
  • no un/regulated activities or dwell time
  • possibility for unregulated children’s activities, where the 2 metre physical distancing measures can be adhered to and guidance followed. (This does not include regulated childcare settings which are registered with the Care Inspectorate or other registration body)
  • PC booking
  • limited access to study spaces, recommended pre-booked only
  • Click and Collect
  • home delivery services
  • online

Level 1

  • enhanced hygiene and physical distancing
  • face coverings
  • 72 hour book quarantine
  • access for browsing the library
  • no un/regulated activities or dwell time
  • possibility for unregulated children’s activities, where the 2 metre physical distancing measures can be adhered to and guidance followed. (This does not include regulated childcare settings which are registered with the Care Inspectorate or other registration body)
  • PC booking
  • limited access to study spaces, recommended pre-booked only
  • Click and Collect
  • home delivery services
  • online

Level 2

  • enhanced hygiene and physical distancing, including stricter limits on numbers of people in building to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • face coverings
  • refreshed risk assessments for staff areas and other high risk public areas
  • 72 hour book quarantine
  • no un/regulated activities or dwell time
  • limited access for browsing the library, recommended pre-booked only
  • limited access for PC booking, recommended pre-booked only
  • limited access to study spaces, recommended pre-booked only
  • Click and Collect
  • home delivery services
  • online

Level 3

  • enhanced hygiene and physical distancing, including stricter limits on numbers of people in building to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres
  • face coverings
  • refreshed risk assessments for staff areas and other high risk public areas
  • no un/regulated activities or dwell time
  • 72 hour book quarantine
  • limited access for browsing the library, recommended pre-booked only – emphasis on click and collect where possible
  • limited access for PC booking, recommended pre-booked only
  • limited access to study spaces, recommended pre-booked only
  • Click and Collect
  • home delivery services
  • online

Level 4

  • no public access to library building except for limited access for PC booking, pre-booked only
  • Monitoring and recording of numbers of individuals using the service
  • enhanced hygiene and physical distancing
  • face coverings
  • 72 hour book quarantine
  • Click and Collect
  • home delivery services
  • online

Contact

Email: chedcovid19@gov.scot.

First published: 5 Mar 2021 Last updated: 27 Apr 2021 -