New Covid-19 Safety Measures in Stannington Library

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

We are also re-designing the library layout to enable a one-way system for safe book browsing, and we are adding safety screens.

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, we have been implementing a phased re-opening programme as follows.

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

* Excludes Bank Holidays

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


From Monday 3rd August, 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 – free of charge - 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 where they will stay for 72 hours before being returned to our shelves for later release to other borrowers.

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 onwards, library users are invited to order books to borrow which will be available for collection a few days later after notification is sent out. Please click this link to find out how you can make use of this system.

Borrowers will be notified by telephone or by email when orders are ready for collection.

It is important that borrowers do no try to collect books before this notification has been issued.

Books will be collected from the library foyer – maximum five books per person per visit. All books loaned at this time will have been subject to at least 72 hours quarantine before being placed, ready for collection, in paper bags filled by volunteers practising Covid-19 safety regimes.

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


Please keep visiting this website, or follow Stannington Library on social media for new announcements about our phased re-opening:

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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