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Kingston libraries move online

The impact of the coronavirus means all library buildings across Kingston will be closed from 5pm on Friday 20 March 2020 for the foreseeable future.

There will continue to be an online offer so residents can access e-books and e-audio books. We have also put in place a series of measures to support residents, which will be revised regularly. 

These are:

  • Any library cards due to expire will be extended to 30 June
  • All library books on loan are automatically renewed until 30 April
  • All library fines will be waived from 19 March to 30 April
  • All new library members will be able to access our online resources

We will be putting more activities online such as live streamed rhymetimes, book reviews and links to other interesting sites. Please visit www.kingston.gov.uk/libraries or check our social media for more details.

Portfolio Holder for Engagement and Continuous Learning, Cllr Tim Cobbett said:

"Our library service enables residents to access a wide range of information and reading material. The safety of residents and staff is our priority. While it is regrettable our library buildings are closed, I am pleased staff have been swift to respond with an online offer that ensures people can access a range of e-books and e-audio books.

The online events such as rhyme times are a key way to keep children and adults engaged and connected to their community at a difficult time.

The waiving of library fines and automatic renewal of books are small actions that I know will be welcomed by library users."