Bradford Council’s library team will launch their new ‘Order and Collect’ service next week, allowing customers to access physical books for the first time since March.

Libraries in the district will not be fully open from next week, but customers can reserve books using online catalogues, by phone or by e-mail.

The council’s Home Library Service will also resume delivery to customer’s doorsteps from 6 July. This service is for the elderly, those with a disability or people who are sheltering.

Book orders will be available via allocated time slots from Shipley Library from Monday 6 July, and from Keighley Library and City Library from Wednesday 8 July between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm. Single collection points and protective screens will be set up in each library to allow for social distancing.

All other library services, such as computers and group reading activities, will be unavailable until further notice. Further libraries in the district could re-open using the Order and Collect service in the following weeks

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “The safety and health of staff, volunteers and library users will always be our main priority and we will be introducing our services gradually in line with the latest public health advice.

“Not all of our services will be available at first and libraries will look a little different when they open. Our team has worked really hard to produce and promote our online content which has been really well used by existing and new customers.

“Our staff are now also making sure that everything is in place to welcome library customers back in as safe a way as possible.

“In these initial stages, we ask that people  be aware that there may be some slight delays in getting the books requested but we are doing all we can to increase what we can offer as soon as is safe to do so.”

For information about Bradford Libraries visit: www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries