Phased Reopening of Library, Arts and Heritage Services

21 August 2020

At the beginning of July, Brent Council began a phased reopening of library, arts and heritage services to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for staff, residents and visitors returning to their local libraries. 

All six libraries in Brent - Ealing Road Library, Harlesden Library Plus, Kilburn Library, Kingsbury Library, Wembley Library and The Library at Willesden Green - are now open 10.30am -2.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 12-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Brent Council request contact details for all library visitors to support the NHS' Test and Trace' programme. Adult visitors must also wear a face covering. This is mandatory unless you are in an exempt group and you may be asked to leave if you refuse to fill to complete the Test and Trace or wear a face covering.

Customers will be able to borrow and return books and DVDs and reserve computers, however there will a limit on the number of people able to enter the libraries at any one time.

A number of services including Wi-Fi, newspapers and journals, and study facilities will not be available for now, but this will be reviewed regularly. The Willesden Gallery, Brent Museum and The Exhibition Space are also now open 10.30am – 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. The Archives Searchroom will be open to the public from the Tuesday 25 August. Opening times will be 10.30am - 2.30pm Tuesday - Thursday. Visitors will be asked to contact museum.archives@brent.gov.uk to make an appointment as numbers will be limited in order to maintain social distancing.

Residents are encouraged to continue using the e-Library to access thousands of e-books, e-magazines, newspapers and other digital resources from the comfort of their own home, by visiting www.brent.gov.uk/elibrary.

Brent Museum and Archives also has exhibitions, school resources and access to the museum, archive and photography library online for everyone to enjoy.

To support library users during this time, all items currently out on loan have been automatically renewed until Monday 2 November and the Brent libraries phone 020 8937 3400 and email service libraries@brent.gov.uk will be available Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm if customers need any help with their account details or accessing the e-library.

Brent’s Home Library Service will be restarting, delivering books and magazines to vulnerable residents, using our strong team of local volunteers. If you are unable to leave your home and would like to know more about this service please contact the library service.

For regular updates on the reopening of the libraries and other Brent-specific COVID-19 information, sign up to the council’s e-Newsletter at www.brent.gov.uk/stayconnected.