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.

Services will be returning to normal over the next two weeks starting from Monday 19 July. Keep checking back for more updates.

Libraries and their services

Browse and borrow books, and computer use

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

  • Central Library
  • Bedminster
  • Bishopston Library
  • Bishopsworth Library
  • Clifton Library
  • Filwood Library
  • Fishponds Library 
  • Henbury Library 
  • Henleaze Library
  • Hillfields Library
  • Horfield Library
  • Junction 3 Library 
  • Knowle Library
  • Marksbury Road Library
  • Redland Library
  • Sea Mills Library
  • Shirehampton Library
  • Southmead Library
  • St George Library
  • Stockwood Library
  • Westbury Library
  • Whitchurch Library
  • Wick Road Library

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

You can also check our online resources.

What to expect when you visit the libraries

Follow social distancing guidance where possible, and be considerate of others using the library space.

Coronavirus safety measures

  • Hand sanitiser units will be available for you to use in key locations around each library.
  • Wear a face covering if you're able to.
  • We've put plastic screens at some staff desks, to minimise contact between staff and visitors.

NHS Test and Trace

If you visit the library, you’ll be able 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.

Protecting you and our staff

Do not visit the library if you:

  • are required to self-isolate after visiting another country
  • have symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and get a PCR test
  • have tested positive for COVID-19 with a lateral flow (rapid) test, self-isolate and get a PCR test 
  • have tested positive with a PCR and have been told to self-isolate
  • have been identified as a close contact of someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19 by NHS Test and Trace, or you have received a notification to isolate from the NHS COVID app