Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates to library closures

Re-opening of libraries in Trafford

 As you are probably aware, Trafford’s libraries closed on Monday 23rd March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and all staff were deployed, wherever possible, to support other services, including phoning over 6,000 residents who were shielding to see if they needed help. As a result of the Government’s statement on Tuesday 23rd June, we are happy to let you know that three libraries, Altrincham, Sale and Urmston, will re-open from Monday 6th July.

The libraries, which have all been thoroughly cleaned, will initially open from 10am–4pm Monday to Saturday.

We will be offering slightly different services in the first phase of re-opening to maintain the current guidelines around social distancing for the safety of our staff and customers. You will be able to:
•    return library books you borrowed before the libraries closed. 
•    borrow more books by using the new ‘Order and Collect’ service. 
•    pre-book to use the public computers if you don’t have access to computers.  

Altrincham, Sale and Urmston are our largest libraries and have enough space to quarantine all returned books for 72 hours as recommended by Public Health England.

We will ask you to queue outside and we will let you in on a ‘one in, one out basis'. Once inside, you will be able to put books you are bringing back on trolleys located in the entrance and/or pick up your new books from a table, also in the entrance. 

If you have pre-booked to use the computers, there will be a one way system to follow to ensure social distancing. 

Partington, Stretford and Old Trafford Libraries, along with the Local Studies Library at Sale Waterside will open to the public in August.
The reopening dates and new opening hours are as follows:

Partington Library: Friday 14 August. Open Monday & Friday 10am-4pm
Stretford Library: Tuesday 18 August.  Open Tuesday and Saturday 10am-4pm
Old Trafford Library: Wednesday 26 August. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm
The Local Studies Library area within Sale Library will be accessible from Monday 3rd August with the same opening hours as the main library (Monday - Saturday from 10am - 4pm)

As is the case in Altrincham, Sale and Urmston Libraries, which reopened earlier this month, library users at Partington, Stretford and Old Trafford will be able to return books they borrowed before the libraries closed, borrow new books using the Order and Collect service and use the public computers. In the Local Studies Library, staff will offer research services by email and phone, and public computers will be available to use.

Summer Reading Challenge

Get ready to get SILLY! This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is going online and this year it’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh! You’ll also meet The Silly Squad, a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. 

There will be brilliant book suggestions to get you started and heaps of super silly activities, quizzes, videos, games and more to keep you entertained at home!

Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website for more website for more details.

The Silly Squad website will launch on Friday 5 June.

Little Reads storytime

Miriam from Manchester Literature Festival is missing seeing lots of lovely families at Stretford Library for her regular monthly session so she will be posting a new Little Reads storytime every ‪Wednesday at 10.30am‬!

Little Reads is a great opportunity for you and your little ones to have fun sharing a story, singing, moving and playing. Language development can be so much fun!

Remember to have your favourite cuddly toy ready so they can join in the moves too!

Find out how you can join in the fun on our FaceBook page

National Shelf Service

Visit the National Shelf Service on YouTube to hear children's book recommendations. You can watch children's librarians talking about about their favourite children's books. There is also a video of Joseph Coelho reading Luna Loves Library Day. 


Don't forget we have eBooks, eAudio-books, eMagazines and eNewspapers so you can still read-away to your heart's content. Visit our eLibrary page to find out more.

Joining the library

If you aren’t already a member you can join online and make use of our online services, your temporary membership will last until we reopen our buildings. Visit our online catalogue to register for temporary membership.