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Browsing and studying are back at Sandwell libraries

Published 21st May 2021

Next week (from 24 May) some Sandwell libraries will be open for limited browsing, and some will have bookable study spaces.

Almost all Sandwell libraries now have an order and collect service and offer pre-booked computer sessions.

Limited browsing will be available at Central Library in West Bromwich, Blackheath, Bleakhouse, Glebefields, Thimblemill and Wednesbury libraries.

There is no need to make an appointment to browse, but you’ll need to bring your library membership card with you – you won’t be allowed in without it. If you have lost your membership card, please phone your library during opening hours to arrange a new card.

You will need to use the self-service kiosks to borrow items.

To keep you safe, we will be limiting the number of customers allowed into any library at any one time. Browsing will be limited to 20 minutes.

A limited number of study tables will be available at Central Library in West Bromwich, Blackheath, Bleakhouse, Glebefields, Smethwick and Wednesbury libraries. Study time will be limited to 90 minutes. You must book an appointment to study with the library in advance.

Once again, you must bring your library membership card with you.

Councillor Danny Millard, cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “It’s great to see these popular services back at Sandwell’s libraries. I know we’ve all missed being able to look through the shelves to see what catches our eye.

“But Covid is still here, so it’s important that we enjoy the services our libraries are offering safely. Follow the rules – hands, face, space - and stay safe.”

Customers can reserve items online at www.sandwell.gov.uk/libraries or by phoning one of the libraries. Library staff will then contact customers when items are available, to arrange a date and time for collection.

A number of computers are available for use in each of the libraries, including printing, which need to be booked in advance by phone.

Items can also be returned into drop-boxes at those libraries during the specified times as shown in the Library Details section.

Library details:

  • Central Library: (use entrance on Town Hall Car Park): Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4900. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Blackheath Library: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4920. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Bleakhouse Library: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4923. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Brandhall Library: Tuesday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4924. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Cradley Heath Library: Tuesday, Thursday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4926. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Glebefields Library: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4928. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Great Barr Library: Monday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4929. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Great Bridge Library: Wednesday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4930. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Hamstead Library: Wednesday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 2548. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Oakham Library: Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4933. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Rounds Green Library: Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4934. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Smethwick Library: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am – 4pm; Sunday 12pm - 3pm. 0121 569 4940. Services: study spaces, order and collect, computers.
  • Stone Cross Library: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4942. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Thimblemill Library: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4943. Services: book browsing, order and collect, computers.
  • Tipton Library: Monday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4944. Services: order and collect, computers.
  • Wednesbury Library: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4945. Services: book browsing, study spaces, order and collect, computers.

    Safety

  • The number of visitors at each library will be limited. This will be different for each library.
  • You may have to queue outside if the library is at full browsing capacity.
  • Children under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or carer.
  • You must use hand sanitiser when entering the library.
  • You must wear a face covering unless you are exempt.
  • We will request contact details for NHS test and trace. Alternatively, you can check in to the library by scanning the QR code on arrival.
  • All items that were borrowed before the first lockdown have had their due date extended to 30 June 2021. Please do not renew items you have borrowed before this date.