Next month, the Scottish Poetry Library will begin operating from the building with a reduced service.
From Monday 17 August, the Library will operate a ‘Click and Collect’ service. Simply put, after browsing our online catalogue, you can order a book you wish to borrow by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0131 557 2876 between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday. You then come down to the Library where you pick the book up.
When you wish to return the items that you have borrowed, you can put the book through our letterbox or post it to us (or email us to see if it is possible to extend your loan). We’re extending the loan period from three to eight weeks until further notice.
During this period, we’ll offer free postal borrowing of up to two books at a time for borrowers. We will manage a once-a -week bulk postal service and provide a freepost label so you can return the books to us. Those who come to the Library will be able to pick up the usual six books per loan.
Staff will be wearing protective gloves and taking all recommended precautions, but users might wish to consider quarantining their books for 72 hours after collecting them from the Library.
We aren’t at this time allowing users to enter the Library itself; when you come to collect the books a member of staff will be at the door manning a table where we will have your loan bagged and waiting (we’ve bought some nice new unbranded tote bags, which we’ll place the bags in and borrowers are free to keep). We have plans in place for limited numbers of users to be able to enter the Library in the autumn; we’ll update you on our plans closer to the date via our website and social media.
Through July our staff will be preparing for reopening. When the Library re-opens in September, you’ll see floor signs marking out safe distances for users to stick to, hand sanitiser gel stations and a Perspex barrier across the reception area to protect both users and staff. Staff will be kitted out with PPE. The Library takes it responsibilities seriously. When we reopen, our users will once again be able to access and enjoy poetry without putting their health at risk.