Alternative Location for Central Library Being Investigated

Central Library in St Helens town centre will remain closed to the public until further notice.

It was hoped that the library, which has been closed since the back-end of March for essential maintenance works, would reopen in December.

However, the extensive nature of the repair works will require reconstruction to both the inside and outside of the building. Extensive work to the exterior of the building is required to stop further damage being caused from water ingress.

The reopening date has had to be put back and is at this stage unknown. The cost of the repairs is significant and the works will take a long time to complete.

To avoid causing further inconvenience to library users, an alternative town centre location is currently being investigated by the council – and a number of other libraries in the Borough are operating with longer opening hours.

Nearby Peter Street Library (1.3 miles away) and Parr Library (1.7 miles away) are open for longer on certain days, along with Haydock Library and Thatto Heath Library which have extended opening hours until 4pm on Saturdays.

Eccleston Library will also remain open for longer on a Tuesday (10am -7pm), as will Rainhill Library on a Wednesday (10am -7pm).

The council apologises for any inconvenience caused, and will provide updates on the situation in due course.

Extended library opening hours:

Eccleston Library, WA10 5PJ
Tuesday: 10am -7pm

Haydock Library, Church Road, WA11 0LY
Monday: 10am – 4pm

Parr Library, Fleet Lane, WA9 1SY
Monday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm

Peter Street Library, WA10 2EQ
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm

Rainhill Library, View Road, L35 0LE
Wednesday: 10am to 7pm

Thatto Heath Library, Thatto Heath Road, WA10 3QX
Saturday: 10am – 4pm

3 COMMENTS

  1. What about Billinge library? I visited this week after being away from Billinge for a couple of months. I was shocked by how shabby and miserable it looked. There were fewer shelves and a very poor selection of books. Large spaces , not many chairs , stained carpet, no displays . Perhaps some of the unused resources that are no longer being used in the main library could be redirected to other libraries.
    I really miss the big library. I hope a new venue will soon be found.

  2. What about Billinge library? I visited this week after being away from Billinge for a couple of months. I was shocked by how shabby and miserable it looked. There were fewer shelves and a very poor selection of books. Large spaces , not many chairs , stained carpet, no displays . Perhaps some of the unused resources that are no longer being used in the main library could be redirected to other libraries.
    I really miss the big library. I hope a new venue will soon be found.
    I have just tried to post this and am being told I have sent it before. I have not.

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