RCT Council Announces Opening Of More Libraries

Written by on 9th July 2020

The Council’s Library Service is extending its new ‘Order and Collect’ service to include three more of its branches, with effect from Thursday, July 16.

Book lovers from across the County Borough will be able to select and reserve up to five books via the Council’s online catalogue or by telephoning:

Mountain Ash Library – 01443 570016

Rhydyfelin Library – 01443 570009

Porth Library – 01443 562227

The Council already operates its new ‘Order and Collect’ service at the following branches:

Pontypridd Library (Llys Cadwyn) – 01443 562211

Treorchy Library – 01443 773204

Aberdare Library – 01685 880050

Simply select the books of your choice, or ask for the librarian to choose a selection based upon your interests and preferred genres. Library staff will then arrange an allocated time slot when the books can be collected from one of your preferred locations above.

All books are prepared by Council staff and will be quarantined for up to 72 hours before being issued to the public. Books will be loaned for the usual three-week period and will need to be returned to the same location as they were collected from.

Online Library Catalogue (URL link) https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/Libraries/Searchthelibrarycatalogue.aspx

The Council‘s Library Service has also re-opened a limited local history service, with enquiries being taken via email or telephone. To contact this service, call 01443 778956 or email Library.Reference@rctcbc.gov.uk

The Library Services ‘At Home’ delivery service has also been re-introduced, with books being delivered by staff to the doors of elderly and vulnerable clients. In the interest of public health and safety, the Council’s mobile library service remains suspended for the time being.

Access the Council’s Library Service from the Comfort Of Your Own Home: https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/Libraries/Searchthelibrarycatalogue.aspx

Councillor Rhys Lewis, Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Wellbeing and Cultural Services, said: “Following the initial success at the Pontypridd, Treorchy and Aberdare branches, I am delighted that we are able to extend our Libraries Order and Collect Service to three further locations across the County.

“This will mean that six of our 13 branches will be operating in order to provide this new service, which is available to all our library users across our County Borough.

“Just like many of the Council’s service areas, our library services were disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, with all branches closed in the interest of public safety.

“Our libraries staff were redeployed to support key service areas within the Council as the Local Authority responded to the national emergency, however, as positive progress continues to be made in the fight against the virus, the Council is now in a position to open three more of its library branches to offer the new Order and Collect service.

“As always, the safety of our staff and the public is our paramount consideration and, while our library buildings remain closed, the Council’s Library Service continues to make available a wide selection of resources which residents can access from home.

“These include downloadable books and audio, photograph archives, driving theory content and more than 300 magazines and online packs to help learn a new language. These are all excellent resources which allow residents to continue using our library service at this difficult and unprecedented time.”

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