Access to The Hive

We are reopening The Hive in phases, managed and monitored in line with Government guidance. This means that as of now you are able to: 

image of The Hive lobby and stairs
  • Browse and borrow books using self-service kiosks
  • Reserve books using the normal reservation process (the interim reserve and collect service ended 1 August 2020)
  • Return books via the external hatch next to the Hive entrance
  • Pre-book computers by calling the customer contact centre on 01905 822722
  • Pre-book a desk in the library for study and/or wi-fi access by calling 01905 822722
  • Library staff are on hand to answer queries and provide information
  • We are open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays

Worth knowing

  • The Hive is not currently available for group events and activities, as a meeting place or a place to spend time reading or relaxing
  • From 8th August, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in libraries. Please adhere to this when visiting The Hive.
  • Social distancing and hygiene measures are in place for everyone’s safety. We are providing hand sanitiser and cleaning computers and desks thoroughly after each use
  • We are limiting the number of people allowed into the library at any one time- please be patient if you have to wait
  • Browsing time is limited to 20 minutes
  • You can find information about other county libraries, and their latest service updates on the Library Services coronavirus page and on The Hive’s coronavirus page