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Library buildings to temporarily close after Christmas

In light of today's announcement that Suffolk wiill be moving into tier 4, Suffolk Libraries has decided that library buildings will temporarily remain shut after the Christmas Bank Holiday.

Suffolk’s libraries were due to close on Christmas Eve and then reopen on Tuesday 29 December. They will instead stay closed until further notice into 2021.

Libraries are currently open for collecting items which have been pre-ordered or requested and pre-booked pc appointments. These services will no longer be available after Christmas. The mobile library service will also be suspended until further notice.

Bruce Leeke, Chief Executive of Suffolk Libraries said:

“The situation in Suffolk and elsewhere in the region is changing quickly and we have made the decision to act before Christmas so we can keep customers informed. Temporarily closing sites is not something we want to do but we feel it’s the right decision in order to keep our staff and customers safe. Whilst libraries are closed we’ll again be working hard to reach out to our most isolated customers and engage with people through our eLibrary service and our fun and engaging online activities. We did this very successfully earlier in 2020 and I know it meant a great deal to so many people that the library service was still there for them. We are totally committed to doing everything we can to support people across Suffolk as this crisis moves into 2021.”

Suffolk Libraries is reassuring customers they don’t need to worry about returning items as all loans and charges will be suspended until 1 March 2021. At the moment there is no planned date for libraries to reopen but any updates will be shared on our website and via social media. The decision to close libraries has been approved by Suffolk County Council.

The only exception to the closure is Stradbroke Library as it hosts a post office which is classed as an essential service and will stay open.

You can check out our extensive eLibrary services with thousands of titles to download and stream, plus there are plenty of online activities to enjoy.

Suffolk Libraries' customer service team will still be available to help with any customer queries following the festive period. You can email help@suffolklibraries.co.uk or call 01473 351249. You can leave a message at weekends or on bank holidays.