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We have been busy behind the scenes making our library ready for you to browse books again.  We have screens to separate incoming and outgoing customers, a Track & Trace and hand sanitiser station, lots of signage to help you follow the one-way routes around the bookcases and a new front desk layout with safety screens.

We have Risk Assessment in place and will follow current guidance to ensure that this service operates in a safe manner both for our library users and volunteers.

From 19th July 2021, we still require you to wear a face covering when you are in the library. As we are such a small indoor space, we still ask you to maintain social distancing. Please continue to use the hand sanitiser when you handle books.

Thanks for helping us to keep the library a safe place for everyone.

Stannington Library Book Browsing Guide

We re-opened for book browsing on Monday 10th May 2021

As we are such a small indoor space, we will only allow:

- 3 adults

-1 small family group and 2 adults or

-2 small family groups and 1 adult

inside the library at the same time. 

Please wait outside in a socially distanced manner until there is no one waiting in the foyer.

Please do not enter the library if you have any Covid-19 symptoms.

In the foyer, please wear a mask (unless exempt), sanitise your hands and wait for a volunteer to check you in. You will be asked either to scan our QR code or to give us your details for Track & Trace purposes (date, name, contact details, time).  This data will be kept securely for 3 weeks, then destroyed. 

We have one-way routes around the bookcases – please follow the arrows. Click the photo for a larger image in a new window.

As you have sanitised hands and are wearing a mask, it is fine to look at books then put them back. We ask you to take no more than 15 minutes to choose the item/s you wish to borrow. When you are ready to check out your items, please wait to be called to a desk.

Present your library card and then please hold up each book so that it can be scanned through the safety screen and checked out.  You will be given a slip advising how many books you have checked out and when the books will need to be returned – the loan period is 3 weeks.  You can write this on the date sheet in the front of the book if you wish to.

Please leave the library using the right-hand door marked exit.

Holds from Sheffield Libraries and Order & Collect

Please ask for your ordered items at the desk.  You will need to show your library card as your item/s will be checked out as you wait.

Book returns

Please place your returned items in the crate labelled ‘Returns’ in the foyer.  They will be quarantined for 3 days before being removed from your account.

Number of books that can be borrowed

You can borrow up to 10 books for a 3 week period.

Children Over 12

Children aged over 12 will be allowed to browse for books without adult supervision.  They will count as an adult for book browsing numbers.

Public Network

We have 1 Public Network computer available from Monday 19th July 2021. Call in or phone to make a booking.


Please place donations in the crate labelled ‘Donations’ in the foyer.

Hearing Aid batteries

We are still dispensing free NHS hearing aid batteries – please ask a volunteer.

Jigsaw puzzles

We have a few puzzles for sale – please ask a volunteer.  They cost £2 each – correct change needed please.


This service is available – please ask a volunteer for assistance.  As we cannot give change, please call in or ring for advice about how much your photocopying will cost so that you can bring the correct money.

STAND (Stannington & District Library Group) was formed in 2013 after two public meetings that explored the issues raised by Sheffield City Council’s announced withdrawal of formal support for Stannington Library. Since then, the group has been formalised, a committee was formed and teams of volunteers were recruited