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Coronavirus: library information

Coronavirus: library information

What Bristol libraries are doing in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), which libraries are open, which services are available.

Libraries and their services

Browse and borrow books, and computer use

These libraries are open for you to browse and borrow books, and for pre-booked computer use:

  • Central Library
  • Fishponds Library 
  • Henbury Library 
  • Henleaze Library 
  • Junction 3 Library 
  • Knowle Library 
  • Stockwood Library

Call and collect service

These libraries are open for doorway call and collect services:

  • Bishopston Library
  • Bishopsworth Library
  • Clifton Library
  • Horfield Library
  • Marksbury Road Library
  • Redland Library
  • Sea Mills Library
  • Shirehampton Library
  • Whitchurch Library
  • Wick Road Library

All libraries will be closed:

  • Monday 3 May
  • Monday 31 May

Some libraries will be closed on Thursday 6 May for local elections.

We’ll update this page and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages as we reopen our services. 

You can also check our online resources.

Central Library

You can visit Central library to:

  • browse and borrow books and other media
  • collect books you have reserved
  • return your loans
  • use pre-booked computers and print
  • view the electoral register

Central Library is open: 

  • 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday
  • 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Sunday

You won’t be able to access the:

  • study space
  • café
  • photocopier
  • reference library, including microfilm, newspapers and periodicals
  • wifi

Contact Central Library

Computer sessions

  • Some sessions will be shorter.
  • You must call in advance to book a slot: 0117 903 7234
  • We won't be able to help you when you're using the computers.

Reference enquiry service

Our librarians can respond to enquiries about our reference collection by phone or email. Access to our reference collection in person is not possible at this time. 

Fishponds, Henbury, Henleaze, Junction 3, Knowle and Stockwood libraries

You can visit Fishponds, Henbury, Henleaze, Junction 3, Knowle and Stockwood libraries to:

  • browse and borrow books and other media
  • use pre-booked computers and print

Opening times

  • Fishponds: 11am to 4pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Henbury: 11am to 4pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
  • Henleaze: 11am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday
  • Junction 3: 1pm to 4pm, Monday and Wednesday, 11am to 4pm, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
  • Knowle: 12pm to 4pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Stockwood: 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Saturday

Computer sessions

You must book a computer in advance by phone:

  • Fishponds: 0117 903 8560
  • Henbury: 0117 903 8522
  • Henleaze: 0117 903 8541
  • Junction 3: 0117 922 3001
  • Knowle: 0117 903 8585
  • Stockwood: 0117 903 8546

Bookings will start on the hour and last for 45 minutes. 

You must tell us if you need to:

  • bring someone to help you use the computer
  • use a scanner, or an adapted keyboard or mouse

We won't be able to help you when you're using the computers.

Call and Collect libraries

You can visit Bishopston, Bishopsworth, Clifton, Horfield, Marksbury Road, Redland, Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Whitchurch and Wick Road libraries to:

  • collect books reserved or ordered using Call and Collect
  • pick up a ‘lucky dip’ book bundle: these are selected by our library staff in a variety of categories for adults and children, you don’t need to pre-book

You don't need an appointment, but you should check the libraries' opening times on the Call and Collect page.

What to expect when you visit the libraries

  • You must follow social distancing guidance, including following signs and floor markings
  • If you can, please limit the number of family members visiting in a group
  • Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult
  • You can phone the library before you visit, then staff can help you to find the book you want to reserve or borrow

Coronavirus safety measures

  • Hand sanitiser units will be available for you to use in key locations around each library.
  • You should wear a face covering if you're able to (learn about exemptions on GOV.UK)
  • We've put plastic screens at some staff desks, to minimise contact between staff and visitors.
  • All computers will be wiped clean with alcohol wipes between each session.

NHS Test and Trace

If you visit the library, we'll ask you to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app or to give us your contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace. Any contact information you give us will be kept securely and destroyed after 21 days.

If you call the library to book a computer, we’ll take your name and contact number when you book the session.

Protecting you and our staff from coronavirus

Do not go to a library if:

  • you've had coronavirus symptoms in the past 10 days
  • a member of your household has had coronavirus symptoms in the past 10 days
  • you've been in contact with someone who's had coronavirus symptoms in the past 10 days