Reintroduction of library services

Stockport Library services are operating under national restriction guidelines. For more information, visit our libraries web page.

Libraries and local advice centres

1. Libraries

From Monday 12 April you'll be able to visit our current open libraries to browse for books and use our computer services.

Note: the reopening of our libraries is subject to change in line with the most up-to-date government guidelines.

Find out when your local library is open

If you do not want to browse, there'll be a pre-selected ‘staff picks’ section available so that you do not miss out on borrowing some great reading material. Our popular online reservation service will continue to be available, allowing you to select your book online and collect from your local library once notified.

Visiting the library

If you or any member of your household has or is displaying symptoms of the coronavirus, you must not visit our libraries. For example; high temperature, new unexplained cough or loss of taste or smell.

Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our staff and residents. Social distancing measures will be in place with numbers limited in each library, which means you may have to queue before entering.

We're participating in the government Test and Trace programme, so you'll be asked for your name, address and contact telephone number when you arrive at the library.

You'll be required to wear a face covering throughout your visit unless you're exempt.

Library services

Borrow books, magazines and newspapers online

You can:

Public computers

PCs will be available on a drop-in basis. Pre-book to avoid disappointment.

You must arrive on time to your booking. If you arrive late your booking will be cancelled.

Visit our libraries web page to book a PC.

Printing and photocopying

Printing and photocopying services are available, but you must bring the correct change to pay. Please wipe down printers before use. Wipes are provided.

Prices:

Black and white

  • A4 sheet 10p
  • A3 sheet 15p

Colour

  • A4 sheet 50p
  • A3 sheet £1

Home library service

If you live in Stockport and have difficulties visiting a library, you can use our free home library service. The service is open to all ages and is also available to full time carers. Our team of experienced staff will choose the items for you according to your preferences and every 3 weeks a member of our team will visit you to change your books.

You can also join the home library service on a temporary basis. For example, if you're shielding, while you're confined to your house.

Fines

We've suspended our fines policy so you will not be charged if you cannot renew or return your books. For example; if you need to self-isolate.

Contact details

If you have any questions you can email libraries@stockport.gov.uk or call 0161 217 6009.