SEVENTY hours are set to be lost from Bolton's library services from Monday.

Council bosses conducted a libraries and museums review, as part of their budget cuts programme.

Several libraries have seen their hours curtailed - with Harwood being the major loser.

The Gate Fold branch will see its hours slashed by 15 - with an extra closing day pencilled in for Fridays.

Another location to bear the brunt is Horwich, where 12-and-a-half hours are being stripped out from the timetable

Breightmet is a similar story with the library set to open its doors for 11 hours less.

But readers at one branch - Bromley Cross - has come out of the review with a reason to be cheerful.

Their building in The Crescent will be open for an extra three-and-a-half hours than before.

Bolton Central Library's opening hours - totalling 64 across the week - will remain unchanged.

Eight-and-a-half hours have been dropped from the schedule at Little Lever Library, and eight hours for both Farnworth and Westhoughton.

The High Street library in Great Lever will be open for six hours less and Blackrod's for four-and-a-half hours fewer.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: "As part of the Libraries and Museums Service Review 2021 and after public consultation, Bolton Council has agreed to amend the opening hours of our libraries."