Coronavirus Update

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Cornwall Health Libraries at Treliske and Bodmin will aim to stay open throughout the Coronavirus outbreak. During this time, the library at Banham House, Bodmin Hospital will only be staffed on Tuesdays.

All staff, volunteers and students are very welcome to come in for rest breaks.  The main library in Truro has comfortable seating, water, a coffee machine, and food is allowed.

Please ask if you would like to have books for a longer loan period, or borrow more than the usual limit of 12 books.

During this period, staffing levels may vary and some requests may take longer to satisfy.


Library access:

Royal Cornwall Hospital, Knowledge Spa
During staffed hours (08.30 – 17.30) – swipe in with your NHS ID badge or ring 07825826787
Out of staffed hours – swipe in with your NHS ID badge if you have registered for out of hours access or ring 07825826787

Our self-service machine in the Knowledge Spa library can be used to take out and return books out-of-hours.

Bodmin Hospital, Banham House
Current library opening hours are Tuesdays 8.30am – 4.30pm. Out of hours access is available for members of the library.

See our out of hours access page for further details.


Listed below are some of the changes taking place in the library to keep both library users and staff members safe, along with corresponding evidence to support what we are doing.



PCs and seating in the library have been spaced out to allow for social distancing.
Number of people allowed in study rooms has also been reduced.

Evidence: – Staying alert and safe (social distancing)


Items returned to the library will be quarantined for 3 days before going back on the shelves, to allow for any potential virus remnants to be deactivated.

Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1
N Engl J Med 2020; 382:1564-1567

Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents
Journal of Hospital Infection 104 (2020) 246-251


Hand sanitization stations have been placed throughout the library to allow for frequent hand washing.
Detergent wipes are also available to clean surfaces and wipe library PCs before and after use.


Cleaning your workplace to reduce risk from coronavirus (COVID-19)

Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

If you are visiting the library, please also abide by the Knowledge Spa building’s general regulations, which are as follows:


  • Safely dispose of face masks in clinical waste bin located at the entrance of the building
  • Use hand gel located at all main entrances and throughout the building
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Stay 2 metres apart while working and on breaks
  • Observe and do not exceed the room capacity
  • Clean seminar rooms before and after use
  • Keep left in the stairwells and corridors, please do not stop to talk


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