Libraries resume services after temporary closures

24 November 2020

The libraries in Harrogate and Knaresborough are resuming their reduced lockdown services this week.

The libraries closed temporarily last week after a member of staff in each tested positive for Covid-19. The buildings have been given a deep clean and staff who needed to have self-isolated.

Harrogate library resumes services tomorrow (Wednesday, 25 November) and Knaresborough is expected to be back in operation from Saturday (28 November).

This will enable customers to use the Select and Collect service, through which they can request books by phone or email and pick them up from the library entrance. The libraries’ public computers will also be available for essential use, but must be booked in advance.

Harrogate will open 10am to 4pm on weekdays and 10am to 2pm on Saturday. Knaresborough will open 9.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 1.30pm on Thursday and 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 7pm on Friday.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said:

We are making sure that libraries remain safe for customers. The buildings at Harrogate and Knaresborough have been thoroughly cleaned during the closures and staff have isolated as necessary.

We have robust safety measures in place, including collecting contact tracing details, strictly limited numbers and plentiful hand sanitiser, so customers can continue to use our Select and Collect and to book public computer sessions with confidence.

All libraries in the county are currently closed for browsing.

Find out more about library services during the lockdown at

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