LUDLOW library is open again.

It is one of the libraries that has been operating a click and collect service for the past couple of weeks, but the libraries themselves have not been open to customers since March when the national lockdown began.

In reopening these libraries the safety of everyone remains the top priority, so various measures will be in place, including hand-sanitising facilities, limits on the number of people using each library at any one time, and quarantining all returned library stock.

Also from Monday the Ready Reads click and collect service will be made available from libraries in Bishop’s Castle, Bridgnorth, Broseley, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Ellesmere, Market Drayton, Shifnal and Whitchurch. Although these libraries themselves will remain closed until Monday, August 3 2020, the Ready Reads service will enable people to borrow library books in the meantime, and to return books which they may currently have on loan.

“Our Ready Reads service has been really popular with customers, many of whom have appreciated receiving book choices selected by library staff. We’ve had well over 300 people using the service in the first five days alone," said Michael Lewis, Shropshire Council’s library service manager,

“However, we’re excited about the next step, which is to enable customers to come into Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Oswestry libraries. Once again we’ll be reviewing how this goes before opening the rest or our libraries in August.”

"In the three libraries that are reopening, customers will be able to browse the shelves and borrow library stock. Wi-fi and computer access will also be available, although library computers will need to be booked in advance by contacting the relevant library."

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications has warned that libraries will be different.

“Our libraries will look a little different when they reopen, with layouts and spaces altered to enable social distancing," she said.

"We ask that everyone respects the safety arrangements that will be in place, particularly the use of hand-sanitiser and keeping two metres apart wherever possible.”

Further reopening details for all libraries are available at along with the online form for Ready Reads click and collect.

More information about how to stay safe can be found on Shropshire Council’s coronavirus webpage.