Explained: Here's how reopened Cork city libraries will operate 

Explained: Here's how reopened Cork city libraries will operate 
Cork City Library at Grand Parade, Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

CORK City libraries have adopted a new method of operating following their reopening.

The City Library Grand Parade and Bishopstown Library reopened yesterday and were followed by Ballincollig Library, Blackpool Library, Blarney Library, Frank O'Connor Library Mayfield, Glanmire Library, Hollyhill Library and Tory Top Library, which reopened today.

Douglas pop-up library is closed until further notice. 

In order to adhere to health regulations and social distancing guidelines, Cork City Libraries have rolled out a phone, collect, return service. 

Members of the public are asked to phone their local library between 10am and 1pm to request items. 

Library staff will then prepare the orders and allocate a collection time. 

Loans are limited to five items per patron. Items can be returned during normal library hours. 

All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours. 

This means items will still appear on your account even though you have returned them, for up to four days. 

Library staff are aware of this and patrons will not be fined or receive overdue notices. The public is asked to adhere to social distancing when visiting the library to collect or return items. 

Cork City Libraries has also stated that loans and memberships have all been extended until Tuesday, June 30. 

The public can also continue to use the libraries' online services. 

You can join a library online or renew a membership over the phone. Visit corkcitylibraries.ie for further information.

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