MORETON-IN-MARSH library reopened yesterday with a new collection service.

The library had been closed since March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this new service will enable customers to request books, DVDs and other available materials they would like to borrow as part of a phased reopening.

The services that are available:

Off the shelf: Borrowers can complete an online form stating the type of books or other items they would like and staff then select on their behalf from the stock held at the library.

They will then receive an email asking them to choose a time slot for collection.

Reserve & Collect: To reserve and collect, borrowers search the online catalogue, find the items they wish to borrow and reserve them.

When the item(s) arrive at the library, they will receive an email asking them to select a time slot for collection.

Ring & Read: Those without internet access can call the library and request the type of stock or title required that can then be collected.

To browse the online catalogue and make selections visit:

All collections will be managed with social distancing.

To join the library, browse the digital catalogue and take advantage of this new service, go to

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know how much people value libraries so we’re pleased to offer these new services.

"Our digital service has been extremely popular, but we appreciate it’s not quite the same as being able to borrow what you want from your local library, so we hope this will provide the reading material you wish to enjoy.

“I’m very grateful for all the hard work that library staff are continuing to do behind the scenes.

"I’m sure these new services will prove to be popular and is the first part of the gradual reopening of our libraries.”