More Libraries Reopen in Thurrock

THURROCK council reopened Corringham Library and Grays Library on Wednesday following the reopening of Belhus Library last week.

Both libraries will initially operate under temporary opening hours of 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday. Entry to Grays Library will be via Cromwell Road, not the main entrance of the Thameside Complex.

A reduced service will still be in effect, but all three libraries have
introduced audiobook loans, Wi-Fi access during browsing time and limited public computer access of 45-minute slots each day from Wednesday 15
July. Customers must pre-book computer use ahead of their visit by
phoning the library the day before and they cannot book more than 24
hours in advance. Printing will also be available and payment will need
to be made via the self-service machines. There are resources available to sanitise any computer equipment.

Reservations, photocopying, studying and toilet facilities remain
temporarily unavailable. These will be reviewed frequently and offered
again when it is safe to do so following Government guidelines.

All new book loans will be issued for a 12-week loan period, and existing library loans dating back to January 2020 will be automatically extended to Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Safety measures have been put in place inside the libraries. These measures include limits to how many members of the public can be inside the building at one time and also quarantining all returned items for 72 hours on their return. There are also social distancing measures inside and outside of the libraries, as well as a one-way system in place.

Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We’re
pleased that Belhus Library’s reopening was a success and we can now
continue our phased reopening at Corringham and Grays.

“Reading is such an enjoyable activity, and we’re encouraging all
local children to take up the challenge of reading six books in six
weeks by taking part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge ‘Silly
Squad’. These books can be ones they have at home, that they’ve
borrowed from the library, e-books from BorrowBox or even audiobooks.

“Silly Squad is all about celebrating funny books, happiness and
laughter with a crew of fun-loving animals and children can still
receive online rewards, play games and earn badges as they discover some
new books to enjoy this summer.”

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge will run in Thurrock until
Saturday 12 September.

For more details about Belhus, Corringham and Grays libraries and to
sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, visit: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/libraries

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