Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates to library closures

Re-opening of libraries in Trafford

Trafford's libraries are now reopening - with measures in place to keep everyone safe.

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.  

All returned books will be quarantined 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. Printing is only available from pre-booked Library PCs.

Libraries currently open:
Altrincham, Sale (including Local Studies by appointment only), Old Trafford and Urmston - Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm
Partington - Mondays and Fridays 10am-4pm
Stretford - Tuesdays and Saturdays 10am-4pm
Coppice - Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm
Lostock - Monday to Friday 2pm - 4pm

All other libraries remain closed.

All library users 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.

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.