Council to open 16 libraries across Cheshire – but you might need to book some services



Bookworms across Cheshire could soon be borrowing the latest page turners as libraries across the borough prepare to open.

There will be reduced opening hours and limited numbers of people allowed in the facilities at once but Cheshire East Council has confirmed 16 libraries will begin opening next week.

Books will be put into quarantine with a deep cleaning after borrowings. While anyone wishing to use the computers or customer service points will have to book in advance.

Newspapers and magazines will not be available while group activities have  been put on hold for the time being.

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The first seven libraries – including Alsager, Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich – will open on Monday (July 6).

With Sandbach opening on Monday, July 13.

Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: “Our library services are going to look a lot different but, sadly – but social distancing and the safety of our library members and users, and our staff, is absolutely paramount.

“There is a required 72-hour quarantine period for books and with all the deep cleaning and other measures we need to take, this is bound to impact on the service and our ability to operate in the way that we are used to operating.

“I would like to thank the public and our staff for their understanding and continued support of our excellent library service.”

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Libraries across the borough were closed as part of the coronavirus lockdown but have now been given the green-light to open after more than 100 days of lockdown.

Anyone returning books will be able to do so in drop boxes outside the libraries in Alsager, Congleton, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Poynton and Wilmslow.





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