Libraries across Wigan and Leigh will reopen on April 12 in line with the Government’s easing of lockdown restrictions.
Initially all libraries will operate on reduced opening hours to allow staff to carry out additional work in relation to operating in a Covid safe environment.
This includes allowing time for track and trace and additional cleaning of sites, as they did when libraries reopened following the first national lockdown, which was managed in a controlled and safe way for staff and customers.
Wigan and Leigh libraries, including Life Centres, will be open between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday, while the Borough’s community libraries will be open between 10am and 2pm Monday to Wednesday and 1pm until 5pm Thursday and Friday.
Lesley O’Halloran, Director of Customer and Culture, said: “We are really excited to welcome residents back to our libraries and we are ensuring that we are doing it as safely as possible and in line with government guidance.
“The libraries will initially be operating on reduced hours but members will continue to have access to all the services they would do under normal circumstances.”
The reopening of libraries will coincide with the launch of a public consultation on the future of Lamberhead Library which will remain temporarily closed.
Staff will assist residents who wish to give their views on the community library’s proposed relocation within the grounds of the Dean Trust school. The consultation will involve physical face to face sessions and an online element.
Community run libraries in Aspull and Hope will also remain closed until further lifting of restrictions have been applied and Ince Library will remain closed, whilst extensive refurbishment works are carried out at the community centre.
Going forward there will be regular reviews of opening hours in line with government guidance.
For up-to-date information on library opening times visit www.wigan.gov.uk/libraries.
Details of the Lamberhead Library consultation can be found at www.wigan.gov.uk/consultations.