New Covid-secure chapter for Cosham library

New Covid-secure chapter for Cosham library

New Covid-secure chapter for Cosham library

Cosham library is set to reopen as Portsmouth‘s coronavirus recovery plan continues.

The facility was closed on March 17 as part of the national lockdown and will re-open from Monday, August 17, 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

The re-opening of Cosham library follows the successful re-opening of Central, Southsea and North End libraries on July 6.

Residents will be able to return, browse and borrow items and use computers and enquiry services. They can also buy visitor parking permits at all open library branches.

Returning safely to libraries will mean some changes in how libraries operate.

This means that Cosham library will look a little different with the measures put in place for the safety of staff and customers, following government guidance.

Cllr Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development and deputy leader, said: “I know how important libraries are for our city and I am proud that we can safely re-open another library branch in Portsmouth’s recovery from this pandemic.

“Library staff have been doing tremendous work during the lockdown and in particular I thank staff and volunteers through the HIVE who have maintained our community spirit during these challenging times.

“As libraries re-open, it’s up to all of us to keep libraries Covid-secure by staying alert, following the guidance and above all, being kind and considerate to each other.”

Social distancing will be in place and library staff have been provided with personal protective equipment to ensure their safety.

Library users will be asked for their contact details to support NHS Track and Trace.

More information is also available on the Portsmouth City Council website and residents can receive the latest information by signing up to its coronavirus bulletin at

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