St Helens Borough Council has announced that the new St Helens Library in St Helens town centre will open to the public next month (September).
Occupying space on both the ground floor and mezzanine level of The World of Glass on Chalon Way East, the investment by St Helens Borough Council will offer a lending library for children and adults, complete with more than 18,000 brand new books – while library members will have the option of using a self-serve kiosk, the first of its kind in any St Helens Borough Council library, as well as a computer suite and study area.
Books can also be collected from the library as part of St Helens Library Service’s new click and collect service which allows library members to reserve up to six books for free to then pick up from any library that has reopened to date. Click here for more information.
Wi-Fi printing – with the option to send documents to print straight from your own device and collect from the library – is available, as is printing from one of the library computers, for which charges apply.
While access to the library through The World of Glass entrance will be available, museum staff are still working on plans to safely reopen the rest of the building to visitors, including the much-loved canalside cafe.
Ron Helsby, Executive Director of The World of Glass, said: “All of us at The World of Glass are very happy to have the library here with us. We hope it will attract more visitors to our fantastic museum and cafe, and we’re busy working on our own plans to fully reopen safely.
“We’ll be making announcements in the weeks ahead, and in the meantime we look forward to visiting this outstanding new library here in the heart of St Helens town centre.”
St Helens Library will be open six days a week and is among the first five libraries to open since lockdown, joining Parr, Chester Lane, Eccleston, and Newton-le-Willows after being identified as having the space to reconfigure layouts in the interest of social distancing.
Libraries that are yet to open are under continual review and a decision on their opening will be made when it is safe to do so.
St Helens Library will open at 10am on Monday 14th September and visitors will be required to wear a face covering which is mandatory in all libraries.
The opening hours are as follows:
Monday: 10am – 7pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 10am – 1pm
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 1pm