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COVID-19: library guidance and safety measures

Find out what you need to know before visiting a Rochdale borough library and what increased safety measures we've put in place.

What you need to know before visiting a library

​Please read this guidance carefully before visiting any Rochdale borough library.

  • Do not visit if you've any coronavirus symptoms or you've been told to self-isolate
  • You must wear a face-covering in the library at all times unless you're exempt
  • Children under the age of 12 must attend the library with an adult
  • Adults should visit the library alone, if possible
  • During busy times, you may need to queue outside so social distancing can be maintained in the library
  • You should use the hand sanitiser on display when you enter the library
  • You must follow the one-way system and leave the library using the door marked 'exit'
  • You should try to limit the time you spend browsing books to a maximum of 20 minutes
  • Do not continue using a computer after your booked time is over
  • Do not enter any areas of the library marked as closed
  • Do not eat or drink anywhere in the library

Give your contact details to the NHS Test and Trace service

You're required to provide your contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace service when you arrive.

You’ll either need to:

  • Enter your details using the NHS COVID-19 app - you can download the app before you arrive to reduce potential delays
  • If you don't have access to a mobile device, you can add your details to a form available on your way into the library
Download the NHS COVID-19 app

Safety measures in place in Rochdale borough libraries

To help keep you safer during your visit, we've:

  • Placed boxes near the library doors where you can return books - please do not hand books to library staff
  • Installed a one-way system and added hand sanitiser stations
  • Increased cleaning, including cleaning the computers at the end of each session
  • Removed some computers so social distancing can be maintained while they're in use
  • Arranged to leave returned items in the boxes and quarantine them for 72 hours

National and local guidance on protecting yourself

In additional to the guidance for visiting libraries, you may also like to view the national and local information on protecting yourself.

View the latest guidance on protecting yourself


0300 303 8876

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

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Did you know?

Joining a library is FREE. You can join any library in England and Wales to use their facilities.

So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

Join Rochdale borough libraries

It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

Please remember to bring identification when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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