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Liverpool Central Library to reopen with strict measures

Liverpool Central Library has reopen – but it will only operate reduced hours.

And anyone visiting the library will also have to supply their name and contact details in case they need to be traced.

The venue opens its doors from 10am, and will operate from 10am to 3pm on Mondays to Fridays but will not open at weekends.

The number of public computers at the William Brown Street site will be reduced by two thirds and will need to be pre-booked in hour-long slots, with library staff cleaning the keyboards, mice and mats between users.

The public record office archive will also only be accessible to people who pre-book.

But the ground floor café will remain closed and no meeting rooms will be open.

Decisions are still set to be made on opening other city libraries.

Wendy Simon, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for libraries, said: “We’ve been working closely with staff and trade unions on detailed preparations for reopening which will minimise the risk of the spread of the infection.

“This means the library will be open for fewer hours so we can carry out a deep clean before and after opening.

“People will also see a difference when they go into the library, including Perspex screens at counters, less furniture to help with social distancing and two metre signage.

“We hope everyone understands that ensuring the safety of our staff and the public is of paramount importance.”

Liverpool Central Library is open from 10am to 3pm Monday-Friday. More details including booking computers HERE

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