Libraries in Wiltshire are extending a warm welcome to all this winter and providing a range of help, support, advice and comfort to people who may be struggling, or want tips to help with the rising cost of living.
Wiltshire libraries are offering:
A free warm space to sit, stay and take part in activities
Hot drinks, where possible
Warm packs (including a blanket, hot water bottle and a thermal mug) for anyone who would benefit from some free essentials
Basic energy advice in all but our smallest libraries and referrals to the energy advisors at Warm and Safe Wiltshire
Signposting to community partners and agencies that can support you through the rising cost of living.
Normal library services will also be available, including free access to books, newspapers, Wi-Fi, computers and digital support. For people who are housebound or who struggle to get to the library, libraries will continue to provide a home library service.
The following COVID-19 safety measures are in place in our libraries to help keep you, our staff and volunteers safe:
- We recommend that you wear a face covering, unless exempt due to a medical condition, and use the hand sanitiser on entry. Screens remain in place at main customer service desks
- As a safe space we want to ensure our users have an option to socially distance - we therefore ask that you maintain at least a one metre social distance from other customers, staff and volunteers whilst using the library space.