Libraries Toolkit Update

Managing books and library resources safely.

PHE has updated their advice to libraries in light of the present low prevalence of COVID-19 and the current knowledge of the ability of COVID-19 virus (including variants) to survive on surfaces after experimental studies.

PHE do not consider there to be a need to isolate returned Library books for 72 hours. This is in line with the advice that shops do not need to isolate returned goods. Books can be wiped down if possible with a proprietary cleaning solution which is effective against COVID-19 (PHE cleaning guidance), especially if they have a protective plastic cover.

This revised quarantine advice applies also to books with leather and vellum covers. Newspapers and magazines can be reinstated in libraries

Please follow this link to access the updated toolkit: