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Covid-19 Safety Measures in Stannington Library

To make Stannington Library ready for re-opening, volunteers have completed:
• deep cleaning of the whole the library;
• removal of all items not easy to sanitise, e.g. soft furnishings;
• purchase and installation of new equipment for quarantining books.

We also intend to add safety screens and have re-designed the library layout to enable a one-way system for safe book browsing when we are ready to allow library users into the building.

Stannington Library is following council guidelines to make sure the library is a safe environment for both library users and library volunteers.

Since the beginning of August 2020, we began a phased re-opening programme.

Currently, volunteers are on duty in the library every Monday*, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00am till 4.00pm, and on Saturdays from 10.00am till 2.00pm.

* Excludes Bank Holidays

Library users are not yet allowed to enter the library building, only the foyer – and only one person is allowed in the foyer at a time. Library users are asked to wear a face-covering when entering the foyer, except in circumstances outline by HM Government, and are asked to clean their hands using the hand sanitiser provided.


From Monday 3rd August 2020, we have been encouraging all library users to return to us any books currently out on loan. This applies to Stannington Library’s ‘Yellow Sticker’ collection and to books on loan from Sheffield Libraries. In return, we offer any library user a bag of books taken from our donated stock and sorted by genre. The bags of books are free of charge.

Books returned to us should be placed in the crates provided in the foyer. They are stored in the crates for 72 hours before being discharged from library user's accounts and put back on our shelves.

No fines are currently being charged on any books returned to Stannington Library. This applies both to ‘Yellow Sticker’ books and to books belonging to Sheffield Libraries.


From Monday 17th August 2020 onwards, library users have been invited to order up to five books to borrow. The books are available for collection a few days later. Please click this link to find out how to use our Order & Collect service.

Borrowers are notified by telephone or by email when orders are ready for collection. It is important that borrowers do not try to collect books before this notification has been issued.

All books loaned have been subjected to at least 72 hours quarantine before being placed in paper carrier bags filled by volunteers practising Covid-19 safety regimes.

Books can be collected from the foyer at the times shown above, and library users are asked to observe the rules concerning entry to our foyer. Books may also be returned during these visits and bags of free books may be collected during the same visit.


We hope to be able to offer Covid-19-Safe Book Browsing in the not too distant future. Please keep visiting this website, or follow Stannington Library on social media, for new announcements:

FACEBOOK: @StanningtonLibrary

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