Reading Rooms Covid 19 Policy

Welcome to the Reading Rooms at Gladstone's Library. Our COVID-19 policy has been drawn up to ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests. On this page, we set out the measures we have taken with this in mind, and also outline the steps our guests can take to help Gladstone’s Library and each other. General guidance for all guests is available here. Please email if you have any further queries. We are always happy to hear from you.

We want you to make the most of the Reading Rooms during your time here. Gladstone's Library is taking a COVID-cautious approach, and as such,  you don’t need to wear a mask when at your desk, but you will be asked to wear one when moving around the Reading Rooms and the wider Library.

Please use the slips available at the Enquiry Desk to ‘reserve’ a desk, and to indicate when you depart for the day. This will allow us to clean desks between users.

A remote access control system has been installed to reduce contact and to make entering and exiting faster and easier.

There are one-way systems in the galleries, so users, staff and volunteers can move around safely.

Users are asked:

~  to make space and observe signage (found on shelves, doors and the floor) to help queue safely and move safely around our one-way systems.

~ not to close doors or windows that are propped open, as they are kept open for ventilation and air.

~ to think carefully about anything brought to the Reading Rooms and to bring as little as possible when visiting.

~ not to use hand sanitiser if working with our collection items. Clean dry hands, washed regularly with soap and water, are best practice for preventing virus transmission and protecting books.