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Sandgate Library Re-opens for Browsing

Sandgate Library Re-opens for Browsing

We are delighted to announce that Sandgate Library is now open for browsing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30-12.00, and that  we will also continue to run the Click and Collect Service.

We were delighted that Sandgate Library re-opened on 7th September for a Click and Collect and Home Library Service only. As of today, we can also allow users to browse and select their own books, although numbers in the library at any time will be necessarily limited.

Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council, Tim Prater, said:

“It’s due to the dedicated work of our Clerk Gaye and volunteers that Sandgate was one of thirty three libraries across Kent to re-open, and the only library of our level. To be able to move, with Kent Libraries agreement, to a much more normal browsing service is, again, thanks to them.

“It has been been announced that the 66 Kent libraries that had not yet reopened this year will now remain closed until at least April. That’s a real blow to those areas, but our management of Sandgate Library has allowed us to dodge that fate.

So please, come along and visit our library once again. The team may be wearing masks but will definitely be smiling under them.”

Numbers in the library at any one time will be strictly limited and wearing of masks, except for those with medical exemptions, is required. Track and Trace details will also be taken, and there is a Covid-19 app check-in QR code to scan. Staff will also be wearing appropriate PPE.

A Click-and-Collect loan service and Sandgate Home Library Service remains in place for those who want it or, because of age or disability, are unable to get to the library.

To book these services, borrowers call on the dedicated phone number 07552 810271 or by email to Sandgate.Library@kent.gov.uk.

Reading or listening choices can then be discussed with a member of staff, and arrangements made for a suitable time-slot when books will be available for collection or a Home Library Service delivery will take place.

Please note that Click-and-Collect & Home Library Service loans are for a maximum of 6 items per occasion and, for the time being, will be limited to the stock held within Sandgate Library.

In addition, there will be one WiFi area available at the front of the library, bookable via Netloan, but there will be no print facility for the present. Obviously, every effort will be made to ensure the safety of both staff and customers.

Posted by Tim Prater in Library, News
Sandgate Library to reopen in September

Sandgate Library to reopen in September

Sandgate Parish Council is delighted to announce that Sandgate Library will be re-opening on 7th September.

This is the result of discussions with Kent County Council and reflects the unique status of the library, which will be re-opening well in advance of similarly-sized libraries in the district.

At reopening, Sandgate Library’s opening hours will be from 9.30-12.00 Monday-Friday (closed on Wednesdays) and from 9.30-1.00pm on Saturdays.

In keeping with other Kent libraries which are re-opening, a Click-and-Collect loan service will be available, and – for Sandgate residents only – a Home Library Service for those who, because of age or disability, are unable to get to the library.

To book these services, borrowers will be able to contact the library from 1st September on the dedicated phone number 07552 810271 or by email to Sandgate.Library@kent.gov.uk.

Reading or listening choices can then be discussed with a member of staff, and arrangements made for a suitable time-slot when books will be available for collection or a Home Library Service delivery will take place.

Please note that Click-and-Collect & Home Library Service loans are for a maximum of 6 items per occasion and, for the time being, will be limited to the stock held within Sandgate Library.

In addition, there will be one WiFi area available at the front of the library, bookable via Netloan, but there will be no print facility for the present. Obviously, every effort will be made to ensure the safety of both staff and customers.

Only one Click-and-Collect user will be able to enter the library at a time and they will be expected to use the available hand sanitiser and to wear a mask. Staff will also be wearing appropriate PPE.

It is hoped that in the near future more access to stock and browsing may become available, but we would ask that you bear with us as we learn a new way of working and understand that we are trying to provide the best possible service.

Posted by Tim Prater in Library, News

Advance Notice: Sandgate Library Closure 7th May 2020

Sandgate Library will acting as a polling station for the Kent Police Crime Commissioner Election on Thursday 7th May. Sandgate Library will therefore be closed for all other activities (lending, groups etc) that day.

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Extended Opening Hours for Sandgate Library – Now Open to 5pm Tuesday and Thursday

Since taking over the day-to-day running of Sandgate Library from Kent County Council in 2016, the Parish Council has aimed to extend the hours of the hours of the library and the accessibility to users. At that time the opening hours were mornings only Monday to Saturday (closed Wednesday) – there was no afternoon opening.

Almost immediately Sandgate Parish Council extended the opening hours by opening until 4.30pm on a Thursday, and now we are very pleased to announce that Sandgate Library will now also on an additional afternoon. From next week (3rd April 2018) the Library will be open until 5.00pm each Tuesday and Thursday will now be open until 5.00, instead of 4.30.

The extended hours are on top of an investment in new books (for adults and child alike) for Sandgate Library from the Parish Council.

We will also be starting a Scrabble Club on Tuesday afternoon from 2.00pm-4.00pm. So do come along with your Scrabble boards and prepare to get spelling! There are a wide range of groups and clubs meeting at the Library – learn more about them, the opening hours and more at http://sandgatepc.org.uk/library-opening-times/

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New books in Sandgate Library

Sandgate Library has lots of new books courtesy of Sandgate Parish Council!

A financial contribution from the Parish Council has resulted in a selection of new books chosen by Sandgate’s librarian being added to the library collection. These books are for the use of local residents / Sandgate Library users and are non-reservable by other Kent Libraries.

Sandgate Library is run by Sandgate Parish Council on behalf of Kent Library in a unique (to Kent) agreement between Sandgate Parish Council and Kent County Council. You can learn more about the library, opening times, services and events at http://sandgatepc.org.uk/library-opening-times/

So come along and make the most of your library: a warm welcome and a free coffee awaits!

Posted by Tim Prater in Library, News