ONLINE alternatives and deliveries are being put in place while Inverclyde’s libraries and Watt Institution are affected by tighter coronavirus restrictions.
The facilities will not resume the same level of service in January because the district, like all parts of mainland Scotland, is being placed in level four of the Scottish tiers system.
Public access and computer use will not be permitted in any of Inverclyde’s six libraries and the Watt Institution, which incorporates the McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Watt Hall and Watt Library.
But the council’s libraries service will still be offering its ‘Connect and Collect’ collection service and ‘Books on Wheels’ deliveries.
Customers will also still be able to return books while using these services.
Councillor Jim Clocherty, Inverclyde Council’s convener of education and communities, said: “Our libraries are at the heart of our communities and provide valuable services to residents.
“It’s disappointing that branches and the Watt Institution cannot reopen as originally planned due to the Level 4 restrictions, but health and safety is paramount.
“I’m pleased, however, that our online, collection and delivery services, which have been a hit since the start of the pandemic, are permitted to ensure people do not miss out.”
Greenock Central, South West, Gourock, and Inverkip and Wemyss Bay libraries will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve, and will re-open on Tuesday 5 January, when current hours will resume for ‘Connect and Collect’ and delivery only.
Kilmacolm Library will close at 2pm on Wednesday 23 December, and will re-open at 10am on Wednesday 6 January when current hours resume for ‘Connect and Collect’ and delivery only.
Port Glasgow Library will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve, and will re-open in 7½ John Wood Street at 10am on Monday 11 January offering a ‘pop-up’ service of ‘Connect and Collect’ and delivery only.
The Watt Institution will close to the public at 2pm on Christmas Eve and will not re-open to the public until further notice.
There will be a virtual enquiry service available from 10am on Wednesday 6 January 2021 by emailing wattinstitution@Inverclyde.gov.uk.
More about library services at www.inverclyde.gov.uk/libraries.