Trafford Council has announced more of its libraries are to reopen in the coming weeks.
Partington, Stretford and Old Trafford Libraries, along with the Local Studies Library at Sale Waterside will open to the public from next month.
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.
To ensure social distancing and to manage the flow of people into the libraries, customers are advised that they need to pre-book both the books they would like to borrow and the public computers. This can be done either online on the Council website or by phoning the Contact Centre on 0161 912 3189.
Reopening plans for Trafford’s remaining libraries at Timperley, Hale, Coppice, Woodsend and within Trafford Town Hall remain under review and will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said:
Getting our Libraries back open in Partington, Stretford and Old Trafford, along with the specialist Local Studies unit in Sale, is a big step in the right direction for Trafford residents.
Our e-library service did an excellent job of plugging the gap for Trafford readers during lockdown – with an increase of 91% in e-borrowing compared to last year – but it is great to see physical books back in circulation for adults and children to enjoy, and public computers available for use.
Although a minority of locations remain closed, Trafford Libraries members are free to borrow books from any of our Libraries across the borough and these latest reopenings mean the service is once again easily accessible to the vast majority of our residents.”
Posted on Tuesday 28th July 2020