Library & Information Service Re-opening
Good news, St Ives Library will be welcoming back our customers and visitors on Monday 6th July. Our opening hours will be Monday to Saturday 9.30-4.00
Sadly, due to the Coronavirus, we will not be operating the service you are familiar with. The safety of the public and staff is our main priority. Below are the details of how we will be working during this first phase of opening. Social distancing will be a requirement. Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and exit.
Update 7 September 2020:
We are now offering a browsing service, downstairs only, to allow you to choose your books. Please wear a mask and thoroughly sanitise your hands with the sanitiser provided before touching any books.
In line with the guidelines, only one family at a time in the junior library and a limit of two people in the adult fiction area will be permitted.
We will have 4 computers for public use in the computer room and 2 workstations for WiFi. We advise you to book at netloan.cornwall.gov.uk or contact us. Please only book number 6 if you require the scanner or it is the only available machine. Sessions will be limited to one hour. However, if a computer is free you are welcome to book it on arrival.
We are happy to do photocopying for you.
You will be contacted when your request(s) are ready for collection. Staff will issue the items when you collect them. We will have a one-way system: please enter at the main entrance using the automatic doors and leave through the doors just past the self-service kiosks.
If you know of anybody who is unable to get out and would like books, please let us know and we can arrange a delivery service for them.
We appreciate your support and continued patience during this time. We have come a long way and we want everybody to stay safe.
Book Stock and ordering
In the first phase of re-opening you will not be able to access the books on the shelves to browse the stock. Please order your books either through Cornwall Council’s online reservation page www.cornwall.gov.uk/library; telephone St Ives Library on 01736 796297, email stives.library@LIScornwall.org.uk or post your request through the door or speak to a member of staff. We are happy to choose a selection of books for you, please tell us the books you enjoy in both fiction and non-fiction.
We will contact you when your requests are ready for collection. It would be appreciated, if at that time, you can give us an indication of when you will be in to collect them. This will allow us to control the numbers of people in the library and reduce the number queuing to enter. Your reservations will be issued and ready for you to take away.
We will have a one-way system, please enter at the main entrance using the automatic doors and leave through the doors just past the self-service kiosks.
If you would like to return your books before our re-opening please post them through the door. If you have a lot of books, please contact us and we will arrange a time for you to return them.
Once we are open, please post your returned books in the grey bin next to the self-service kiosks. They will be quarantined for 72 hours before being discharged and returned to the shelves.
If you are uncomfortable coming into Town and using public transport, we will be offering a temporary delivery service. Please contact us and we will make the arrangements. If you are, or know somebody, who is housebound and would like library books please let us know and we will arrange for an RVS volunteer to deliver books on a regular basis.
The downstairs computer will be available, please contact us, as above, to book a session, which in the first instance will be for half an hour only. If you require longer for completing forms etc. Please speak to a member of staff.
Cornwall Council payments
We will not be taking any payments on behalf of Cornwall Council. Please pay at the Post Office. Please ask us if you have any queries.
Visitor Information and Left Luggage
There will be a separate area in the foyer for visitor information. This will be clearly signed.
Visitor Information can be found on this link St Ives Tourist Information
A left luggage service is available for £3 an item and collection of luggage is at 3.45pm daily.
The library staff and Friends of St Ives Library (FOSIL) are offering a wonderful and interesting read in a monthly newsletter Library Events and Newsletters
Regular Library and Information Services Opening Hours (See above for current opening hours and services updated 3 July 2020)
|Monday||9.30am to 5.00pm|
|Tuesday||9.30am to 5.00pm|
|Wednesday||9.30am to 5.00pm|
|Thursday||9.30am to 5.00pm|
|Friday||9.30am to 5.00pm|
|Saturday||9.30am to 5.00pm|
|Sunday||10.00am to 3.00pm (late April to late September only)|
St Ives Library
St Ives, Cornwall
PH 01736 798577 and 01736 796297
Library book loans
Local maps and Information
Concert ticket bookings
National Express ticket bookings
Cornwall Council payments (council tax, business rates, etc)
Citizens Advice Cornwall – 3rd Thursday of the month 9.30am-5pm
16 computers with internet access, Free WiFi
Scanning, printing and photocopying
Meeting rooms for hire
Recycling bags and boxes (orders)
Adult education classes and groups
‘Reading Challenge’ and other children’s events
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