More community libraries set to reopen

More of Wirral’s libraries are set to reopen next week.

To give residents more access to books – and in time for the popular summer reading challenge again this year – Bromborough, Eastham, Greasby and Rock Ferry libraries will be open for readers to browse the bookshelves in a COVID-safe way from Wednesday 28th July. 

All four sites have been closed to library users since March 2020, although Eastham and Greasby operated as testing centres to support the COVID-19 response.

Opening hours of the four libraries will look a little different from previously, and the latest sites to reopen will be:-

• Bromborough – Monday, Thursday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Saturday 7 August and every two weeks after that, 9am to 1pm.
• Eastham – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Saturday 31 July and every two weeks after that, 9am to 1pm.
• Greasby – Monday, Thursday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Saturday 7 August and every two weeks after that, 9am to 1pm.
• Rock Ferry – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Saturday 7 August and every two weeks after that, 9am to 1pm.

As Wirral continues to see case numbers increasing, the sites will still be operating under restrictions – with staff wearing face coverings, social distancing, one-way systems in operation and hand sanitising stations at the entrance and exit points. Visitors are asked to follow the same guidance to help keep themselves, other visitors and staff safe at the library. 

No other services will be available at these sites for the time-being. The online library can be accessed as usual and residents can join the library for free at any time by visiting the council’s website. 

The borough’s four central libraries (Bebington, Birkenhead, Wallasey and West Kirby) also remain open for both browsing and the libraries’ Order and Collect service. Order and Collect is only available at the four central libraries. To find out more visit www.wirral.gov.uk/collect

The council plans to open more libraries over the coming months. To find out more about the library service, the services on offer and this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, visit the council’s website.  

As the council reintroduce more services, and reopen more library sites, residents are also being invited to share their thoughts on what they like most about the library service, both at our buildings and online, and how things could be done better so that the library service can support the needs of the community both now and for future generations. To share your ideas, visit Wirral’s Have Your Say website.

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