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New book lending service begins today in Bishop's Stortford

Ready Reads, Herts County Council's new book lending service, will roll out in Bishop's Stortford from today (Wednesday, July 8).

The authority started the programme on Monday and it has already proved a hit.

The roll-out of Ready Reads is going quicker than forecast. Since the online ordering went live last Wednesday (July 1) by midday on Thursday the library service had received 120 orders.

Bishops Stortford general views.Bishops Stortford Library..Pic: Vikki Lince. (37942970)
Bishops Stortford general views.Bishops Stortford Library..Pic: Vikki Lince. (37942970)

Staff have now returned to all 10 libraries taking part and have begun putting together the collections and getting ready to see customers this week.

Users will be able to collect a pre-selected book pack from the library in the Causeway to read at home.

Staff will inform customers when their pack is ready to collect from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm, and it must be picked up within seven days. Customers will need their library card or another form of ID and a bag.

All returned items will be placed in quarantine for 72 hours before going back into circulation.

Books which were borrowed before libraries closed due to the coronavirus pandemic can be returned to libraries offering Ready Reads, but requests for specific books cannot be accommodated yet.

See www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/libraries-and-archives.aspx for updates.

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