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All of Sandwell libraries back in business – archives too!

Published 28th May 2021

From 1 June 2021, all of Sandwell’s libraries will have Order and Collect and computer services, and some will also be offering browsing and study space.

The Archives Service, based at Smethwick Library, will also restart services, by appointment only, from Tuesday 1 June. To book an appointment, call 0121 569 4985.

Oldbury Library is now located in Sandwell Council House – please use the main reception entrance.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for strong and resilient communities Councillor Maria Crompton said: “I’d like to thank staff for their support in making preparations to reopen our libraries. We know they are really important places to so many residents, and it’s great that we’re now able to welcome visitors back.”

Sandwell Council leader Councillor Rajbir Singh said: “While it’s great that all of our libraries are now back offering a service, it’s important to follow the rules so we can all browse and borrow safely.”

Browsing

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

There is no need to make an appointment to browse but you must bring your library membership card with you, or you will not be able to enter the library. 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 the library at any one time. Browsing will be limited to 20 minutes.

Studying

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

Again, you will need to bring your library membership card with you.

Order and Collect

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

Computers

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

Returning items

Items can also be returned into relevant libraries’ drop-boxes during the times shown below.

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.

Library contact details, opening hours and services

•            Central Library in West Bromwich (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.

•            Hill Top Library: Monday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4990. Services: order and collect, computers.

•            Langley Library: Thursday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4932. Services: order and collect, computers.

•            Oakham Library: Friday, 10am – 4pm. 0121 569 4933. Services: order and collect, computers.

•            Oldbury Library: (now located in Sandwell Council House: use main reception entrance) Monday to Saturday, 10am – 2pm. 0121 569 4955. 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