Joy for book lovers in Hounslow as libraries reopen

Hounslow libraries reopen safely for residents in line with the COVID-19 roadmap.

Published: Wednesday, 14th April 2021

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Residents will once again be able to browse the shelves of most of Hounslow’s libraries as they reopen across the borough starting this week (from 12 April).

Library staff have been busy shaking off the dust on the borough's prized collection of books and making the venues as safe as possible.

Whilst Hounslow libraries have been physically closed the service has been flourishing online. Online literature lovers have continued to access thousands of online eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks.

Sue Hayter, Assistant Director for Customers, Libraries and Registration at Hounslow Council, said:

“We know that Hounslow residents of all ages have relied on books and stories to get them through the months of lockdown. We are delighted to see residents accessing our online services, but understand for some people, this doesn’t substitute being able to browse the shelves.

“There is now an opportunity for the Hounslow community to rediscover the wonderful history libraries can offer, unlock imaginations and inspire new ideas.”

Libraries will be made COVID-19 safe by urging visitors to avoid touching books unless they intend to borrow them. All returned books will undergo a 72-hour quarantine before going back on the shelves. There’ll be less human interaction as customers returning books are asked to use the new self-service machines.

There will also be social distancing, frequent cleaning and a limited number of people in the building at any one time. Visitors will also be required to wear a face covering unless exempt.
 

The following libraries will reopen from 12 April:

  • Beavers Library: Monday 9am - 3pm, Tuesday 11.30am - 5.30pm, Wednesday 11.30am - 5.30pm, Thursday 9am - 3pm, Friday closed, Saturday 9am - 1pm and Sunday closed.
  • Bedfont Library: Monday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Wednesday closed, Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Friday closed, Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm and Sunday closed.
  • Chiswick Library: Monday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Wednesday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Thursday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm and Sunday closed.
  • Cranford Library: Monday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Wednesday closed, Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Friday closed, Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm and Sunday closed. 
  • Feltham Library: Monday: 9.00am - 8.00pm, Tuesday: 9.00am - 5.30pm Wednesday: 9.00am - 5.30pm, Thursday: 9.00am - 8.00pm, Friday: 9.00am - 5.30pm, Saturday: 9.30am - 5.30pm and Sunday closed. 
  • Hanworth Library: Monday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm Wednesday closed, Thursday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Friday closed, Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm and Sunday closed.
  • Osterley Library: Monday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Wednesday closed, Thursday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Friday closed Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm and Sunday closed.
  • *Brentford Library opening part of the library as construction continues; the children’s library and the ground floor main library will be open: Monday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Wednesday closed, Thursday 9.30am - 8.00pm, Friday closed, Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm and Sunday closed.

The following libraries will remain closed as they are being used as COVID-19 testing sites:

  • Heston Library
  • Isleworth Library
  • Hounslow House Library

Library computers are available and customers should call the library to book their slot or book online. Computers will be cleaned by library staff after each use.

To find out more about library services, including online services, visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/libraries

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