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Bishop's Stortford library resumes lockdown Ready Reads programme

The second partial lockdown in England has closed Bishop's Stortford library once again.

Instead, the service in the Causeway has resumed its Ready Reads programme, which enables customers to collect a pre-selected book pack online to enjoy at home.

Readers are notified when their books are ready for collection from the door of the library while observing social distancing guidelines. The library is also able to reserve specific items from county stock.

Bishops Stortford general views. Bishops Stortford Library. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (43042931)
Bishops Stortford general views. Bishops Stortford Library. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (43042931)

Cllr Colin Woodward, the Herts County Council member for Bishop's Stortford West, said: "The Government has acknowledged the vital role libraries play in providing digital inclusion for people who have no access to internet services or computer devices, and so Buntingford, Hertford, Ware and Bishop's Stortford Library will continue to provide access to public PCs by appointment.

"As in the previous lockdown, we will continue to offer our e-library and full range of online events and activities that our staff have been developing throughout the year."

In Essex, most libraries, including Stansted Mountfitchet's, are temporarily closed to the public, but 16 sites, including Harlow and Dunmow, are offering computer access by appointment only.

Readers can reserve items and use the county council's click and collect service. Items already out on loan before lockdown began, due for return on or after October 15, must now be returned by Friday January 8.

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