A LIBRARY has been closed for repairs.

Westhoughton Library needs work to fix the building's heating system and because of the pandemic the decision has been made to shut the library temporarily while words are undertaken.

But residents can still take advantage of the home delivery and ordering services, while the library remains closed until the necessary work is carried out.

The home delivery service will continue as normal and those who have been using the order and collect service will instead have their choice of books brought to their home.

Under tier 4 restrictions, libraries across the borough are closed for browsing and study space with members of the public only permitted access for essential computer use.

Those who absolutely need to access a computer are asked to use an alternative library.

Bolton Council cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, said:

“We know how valuable local library services are to our local communities and this decision has not been taken lightly.

“Given the existing covid restrictions on libraries, we believe it is the best interest of residents and staff to close the building temporarily while work is carried out.

“We have put measures in place to ensure people can still access the services they need and are working hard to reopen the building as soon as possible.”

Libraries in Bolton are operating differently but members can can reserve any lending item for collection and access a wide range of free eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines at https://bolton.spydus.co.uk/

To use the order and collect service email libraries@bolton.gov.uk or call 01204 332853.w.bolton.gov.uk/libraries for further details.

Library computers will only be available for essential usage such as job applications and benefit claims and must be pre-booked.

To book a computer call 01204 332853 and advise of reason for use.