On July 20th, after a four-month gap, Tate South Lambeth Library – along with six other libraries in Lambeth – resumed service.
But under the constraints imposed by the need to contain and suppress the coronavirus epidemic, that service is restricted.
All entry is by appointment only, from 11am to 4pm on Monday to Saturday.
Appointments can be made by phone (020 7926 0710) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to use a computer, print, scan and photocopy
There is no browsing of the shelves , but you can reserve up to 20 books. audiobooks and DVDs , or have them selected for you by a librarian after stating your preferences. You then call or email the library to arrange a time to collect the items.
Items borrowed can be returned without an appointment.
The Home Library Service can deliver books to you if you are housebound and cannot get to a library.
Users of the library are required to use face masks and hand sanitiser, and to maintain physical distance.
It’s not the library we know and love – with open access, group activities, classes, talks, craft fairs, choir performances and more But we can hope for a gradual easing back as and when the threat from the virus lessens.