The ‘Select and Collect’ service at Central Library is temporarily unavailable due to staffing issues.

The click and collect service, which allows library members to reserve and pick up books and other items, continues to be available from Warstones, Finchfield, Bilston, Tettenhall and Wednesfield libraries.

The service from Central has been temporarily suspended as a number of staff are currently self-isolating following a confirmed case of Covid-19, but will reopen as soon as possible.

Library members can pre-order titles via the online catalogue at Libraries or by emailing or by calling 01902 556278. As well as taking requests for specific titles, ‘Lucky Dip Bags’ – ready-made bags of particular genres such as thrillers and crime stories as well as children’s books – are also available.

Councillor Stephen Simkins, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "Our libraries have unfortunately had to remain closed to keep people safe throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

"However, the Select and Collect service – alongside our online offer – is enabling hundreds of members to continue to get their reading fix, and we are pleased to be able to continue to offer it during the current lockdown, with customers able to pick up their items from various locations around the city.

“It is currently unavailable at Central Library but we hope to have it up and running again as soon as possible. In the meantime, customers can collect items from the 5 other Select and Collect locations.

"Customers can also get hold of the latest collection of bestselling eBooks and eAudiobooks for free via the BorrowBox library app, which works on Apple iOS and Google Android phones, tablets or computers.

"Meanwhile, our Home Library Service, which is run in partnership with Citizens Advice Wolverhampton, is continuing to deliver items directly to our most vulnerable housebound members."

Please note, all 16 of the city’s libraries remain closed to visitors at this time, apart from click and collect from the 6 listed above. Further plans for their reopening will be announced in due course.

It's free to join Wolverhampton’s libraries and people can sign up on line. Please visit Libraries or follow on social media at Facebook and Twitter for more information.