Burnham-On-Sea library users reassured over overdue book loans during lockdown


This week, users of the Burnham-On-Sea library were reassured that loans had been extended during the nationwide lockdown.

Somerset Libraries say library loans are being extended. All items on loan, but not overdue, have been automatically extended to at least March 31, 2021.

If items were late before December 25, 2020, users will need to view them through their online library account.

“Return dates will be extended again if necessary, to ensure that borrowed items will not be refunded before Lockdown 3 is lifted,” added a spokesperson. “You don’t need to visit a library to return items just yet.”

“All returned items are quarantined for at least 72 hours and remain in your account until the end of the quarantine period. Items are backdated to the date you returned them. “

“To check your return dates, log into your library account at www.librarieswest.org.uk or use the LibrariesWest app. If you need help logging in or have questions about your loans, the library staff can help you by emailing [email protected] or by phone on 0300 123 2224. “

You can only visit a small number of Somerset libraries during the lockdown if you really need to and follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines – keeping two meters apart, wearing face covers and using disinfectant for hands. Currently there is limited service for Bridgwater, Frome, Taunton and Yeovil libraries only. All other locations are temporarily closed, including Burnham-On-Sea.

You may collect pre-ordered items or use People’s Network IT services for essential purposes, from these libraries only, at the following times: Bridgwater and Taunton 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday Frome and Yeovil from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

A spokesperson adds: “It is important to ensure your well-being during the lockdown. Reading can be a great way to promote good mental health and provide much-needed entertainment and distraction for you and your family. We can provide books, audiobooks, and DVDs, for pre-order only, to help you with home schooling and hands-on tasks (eg, cooking, crafts, gardening, DIY, health and The well-being). “

For specific titles, please use the LibrariesWest reservation system via www.librarieswest.org.uk – charges may apply and you will be notified by email, text or letter when your item is available. The lead times for reservations are currently longer than usual.

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