Harbury Village Library Book Takeaway Service

The health and safety of library users and volunteers is of paramount importance at this time, so in designing our Click and CollectHome Delivery and Book Takeaway services we have taken into account advice and guidance from Central and Local Government, Public Health England, the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, and Libraries Connected. Full information is available on our page about Libraries and Covid-19.

While we welcome donations of books for our Blue Label Collection, we're not always able to use them. We might already have a copy, or because shelf space is limited, we don't think the book will be borrowed frequently enough. In these cases we put the books on the shelves in the library foyer for people to take away with them and, ideally, leave another book in its place. This service is regularly used and is a valuable part of what Harbury Village Library has to offer. 

How our Book Takeaway Service works:
  • While Covid-19 restrictions are in place we will continue the Book Takeaway service by putting a Takeaway shelf of popular titles outside the door to the library, weather permitting. 
  • Please come in by the gate nearest the Chemist and exit through the other gateway, one person at a time. 
  • Please select a book or two after having looked at the titles. Please do not pick up the books to examine them and then replace them. You will have to judge the book by its cover. None of the books on the shelves will have been handled for at least three days.
  • The service is available on Mondays and Thursdays between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm at the same time as our Click and Collect sessions. 
  • There will also be boxes available for returned books and donated books. Any books returned to the library, or donated for the Book Takeaway shelves, will be placed in "quarantine" and not be loaned to another library user for at least 72 hours.
Until further notice it will be possible to Collect requested books, Return borrowed books, Donate books and Select books from our Takeaway shelf on Mondays, from 10 am to 12.30 pm, and on Thursdays from 2 pm to 4 pm.