Peterborough libraries expand select and collect service

City Culture Peterborough has announced Peterborough Libraries is expanding its successful Select and Collect service.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 1:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 1:16 pm
Peterborough Central Library

The service will enable more Peterborough residents to have access to books and spoken word items during the national lockdown.

Orton, Bretton, Werrington and Dogsthorpe Libraries will now join Central Library in offering this service.

Select and Collect enables customers to contact the library with requests for the types of books and spoken word books they are interested in. Library staff then choose titles that match the requirements they’ve been given and arrange a collection time for customers.

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Peterborough Libraries’ large collection of e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines remain accessible during the pandemic, which library members can also borrow free of charge. Customers will also be able book a slot to access public computers (up to a maximum of 1 hour per day) for the purposes of job applications, benefit claims, and using essential online public services.

In addition, a Reading Friends programme is being launched across the city. Reading Friends is a UK wide programme from The Reading Agency bringing people together online, staying connected, to read, talk, and share stories, meet new friends and have fun via group phone/video chat options. The programme uses reading – whether books, magazines, newspapers, or anything else – to start everyone chatting, in groups and one-to-ones.

City Culture Peterborough CEO, Dr Pat Carrington MBE said: “The resources that libraries provide are a much-needed lifeline in our society and even more so during this pandemic. While the current situation with Covid-19 provides a never-before-seen set of challenges.”

Cllr Steve Allen, cabinet member for culture at Peterborough City Council, said: “I am extremely proud of the resourcefulness and creativity of our Peterborough Libraries staff in overcoming these challenges, continuing to make sure our city’s library and ICT resources are still made available to the people who most need them.”

To find out more about Peterborough Libraries services, visit Vivacity's website.