Library staff to help critical services

Library staff to help critical services

Some Wigan Borough libraries will temporarily close from next week as staff help to shore up essential services.

Wigan and Leigh libraries and Life Centres, along with Ashton Library, will remain open.

The move follows on from council bosses highlighting the local authority’s workforce pressures caused by self-isolation and high rates of Covid-19.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet portfolio holder for communities, said: “We are fully aware of the important role our libraries play within our communities but this is a decision we believe is necessary given the current circumstances.

“Our brilliant library staff will be able to help our customer service teams who continue to do outstanding work, as they have throughout the pandemic.”

The closures will be from Monday, August 2. Wigan and Leigh town centre libraries will remain open between 10am and 2pm on weekdays.

Ashton Library will be open 10am to 2pm Monday to Wednesdays, 1pm to 5pm on Thursday and Fridays.

All events related to the Summer Reading Challenge and Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programmes will go ahead as scheduled.

Residents have been reminded that a popular e-book service is in operation across the borough with library members able to access 36,000 digital books and more than 20,000 audiobooks.

With Covid-19 figures in the borough currently higher than at the second peak, Wigan Council last week announced the scaling back of some non-essential services to prioritise frontline operations.

Coun Ready added: “Our service delivery is under constant review and everyone is working extremely hard to maintain the key services that mean so much to our residents.

“We continue to encourage everyone to keep working together to prevent the spread of the virus and appreciate everyone’s patience and support.”

Visitors to council facilities, including libraries and Life Centres, are still expected to maintain social distancing and wear a face covering.

More information on  Wigan Libraries and the e-book services can be found here.

Posted on Thursday 29th July 2021

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