Although levels of implementation vary depending on the country, many libraries across the UK are adapting to the third lockdown by introducing ‘click and collect’ services. This means hygienically managing returns has never been more important. Being mindful of quarantine periods, increased returns and out of hours management, a returns trolley system that can be placed outside of the building could be an invaluable asset to public libraries but also school libraries alike.
For school libraries, it may be that your library facility is being used to accommodate students who need to attend school throughout lockdown. There is even talk of some independent schools using their facilities for community vaccinations which could well include the library space and limit its use for students in school.
Where access to the library is restricted, whether that is in school or a public library providing click and collect services; weatherproof trolleys are a fantastic option to ensure patrons are still able to use library facilities and return books when space is not in use.