Southcote Library reopens next Tuesday

We are pleased to announce the reopening of Southcote Library next week (Tuesday 4th May), following the successful return of five of our other library branches.

Southcote is now due to reopen initially for 3 hours per week, from 1-4 pm. You can find details of the reopening, including new opening times, on our libraries reopening page.

From Tuesday 4th May,  Southcote Library, which is located within Southcote Community Hub, will offer:

  • Returns – to entrance when the library is open
  • Order and collect (book online or via 0118 937 5950)
  • Limited computer bookings (via 0118 937 5950)

When visiting the library you will be reminded to follow safety precautions, including the wearing of face coverings inside the building and for the use of computers, test and trace registration will be required.

Whilst the libraries are currently operating on reduced hours, once all branches are open, the Library Service will look to extend the range of services and opening hours where possible.

With the reopening of Southcote, almost all library branches have now returned. The current plan is for Palmer Park library to reopen on Wednesday 19th May, also initially for 3 hours a week.

People can now book to visit their local library in Central, Tilehurst, Caversham, Battle, Whitley (and from next Tuesday at Southcote).

Borrowed items are not due back until all branches are open but book drops are currently available at Central, Caversham, Battle library - and no fines are being charged.

Since Central Library reopened, the service has seen around 16,000 visitors in total across the network, with 32,000 new books issued and around 3,000 home visits.

Reading Library’s popular e-service continues to be available. The virtual Reading Library boasts a huge range of instant access to free online resources, including eBooks, eMagazines and eAudio. New library members can register instantly online and there are lots free online learning resources.