With the ongoing situation and the latest government advice around Covid-19, we have taken the decision to close Corbett Community Library until at least July 2020. We are awaiting Government advice on when to re-open.
Across the world public buildings are being shut in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and in the UK we have been given a series of directives that are proving difficult to manage.
• We are unable to obtain sufficient hand sanitiser and other cleaning products to keep the libraries well stocked.
• We are unable to satisfy guidelines on restricting the numbers of people in the library, or keep safe distances between users, or users and staff.
In addition, we have a large number of volunteers who fall into the ‘at-risk’ age group who are being asked to self-isolate.
We recognise that it is everyone’s responsibility to help protect our vulnerable populations and mitigate over-stretching our health services by reducing the transmission of Covid-19.
We will continue to follow guidelines and take advice from Lewisham Library Service and national and local authorities. We do of course understand the importance of the library service to many and have not taken this decision lightly.
Books may be returned as usual through the drop boxes where applicable at all Lewisham libraries and extensions have been granted on all books. See the main page at Lewisham Libraries web site for further information around book borrowing, extensions and fines at this time. Please also use the online resources at your disposal, again see the links on the Lewisham Libraries web site.
We are also streaming some of our activities online. Please see our Facebook page.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all users of the libraries, as well as our staff, and to express our gratitude to all the volunteers who have worked to keep this fantastic community resource going for as long as possible. We all hope to return soon.
Stay safe and well.