Libraries reopening

Updated 6/4/2021

Reading Central, Caversham, Tilehurst and Battle Libraries are open for booked appointments. The home library service continues to operate.

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 booked 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) – customers are currently limited to 2 sessions per week.

At Caversham, Tilehurst and Battle 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) – customers are currently limited to 2 sessions per week.

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

  • browse shelves – we will 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 if using computers or attending visa appointments.

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 CentralTemporary limited opening : 10am -3pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
CavershamTemporary limited opening: 10am – 1pm Tuesday, 1 – 4pm Thursday, 10am – 1pm Friday, 10am -1pm Saturday
TilehurstTemporary limited opening: 10am – 1pm Monday, 1 – 4pm Thursday, 10am – 1pm Saturday
BattleTemporary limited opening: Tuesday 1 – 5pm, Friday 10am – 12pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm
Palmer ParkTemporarily remains closed: update follows in April 2021
SouthcoteTemporarily remains closed: update follows in April 2021
WhitleyTemporarily remains closed: update follows in April 2021