Libraries reopening

Updated 2/12/20

Reading Central and Caversham Libraries remain open for booked appointments. The home library service continues to operate. Tilehurst Library will be reopening for booked appointments from Monday 7 December.

At Reading Central, you are able to

  • order specific items online
  • order a selection online or phone orders through on 0118 937 5950
  • collect items you have ordered where we have confirmed a collection slot for you (entry via front door)
  • return items (bookdrop at front of building)
  • attend prebooked visa verification appointments (access via front door)
  • all access is via front Kings Road entrance
  • use computers for essential use only (book via 0118 937 5950)

At Caversham Library, you are able to:

  • order specific items online
  • order a selection online or phone orders through on 0118 937 5950
  • collect items you have ordered where we have confirmed a collection slot for you
  • return items (no appointment needed)
  • use computers for essential use only (book via 0118 937 5950)

At Tilehurst Library, from Monday 7 December, you will be able to:

  • order specific items online
  • order a selection online or phone orders through on 0118 937 5950
  • collect items you have ordered where we have confirmed a collection slot for you
  • return items (no appointment needed)
  • use computers for essential use only (book via 0118 937 5950)

You will not, at this stage, at any library, be able to:

  • browse shelves – we will offer this in the New Year and update information when available
  • use wifi
  • use toilets
  • look at newspapers or magazines
  • use study tables or spaces

To keep everyone safe during your visit, please:

  • do not visit us if you have coronavirus symptoms
  • only come if you have booked (unless you are just returning items)
  • wear a face covering, these are mandatory unless you are exempt
  • help everyone by maintaining a minimum 2m distance
  • be patient if you need to queue, staff are on hand to help, it’s new for all of us
  • use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands before and after your visit
  • ensure children are accompanied by an adult
  • note that we are operating NHS Test and Trace so you will need to use the app or sign in on entry

All of our events, activities and rhymetimes are cancelled until further notice.

We will keep updating this page with latest updates

You can access a huge range of ebooks, eaudio and emagazines at www.reading.gov.uk/elibrary

The current status of all library sites is below and will be regularly updated.

LibraryStatus
Reading CentralLimited opening : 10-3 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
CavershamLimited opening: 10-1 Tuesday, 1-4 Thursday, 10-1 Friday, 10-1 Saturday
TilehurstLimited opening from Monday 7 December : 10-1 Monday, 1-4 Thursday, 10-1 Saturday
BattlePlan to reopen in January 2021
Palmer ParkTemporarily remains closed
Southcote Temporarily remains closed
WhitleyTemporarily remains closed