A new look for Stockport’s Central Library

Stockport’s Central Library is getting prepared to reopen at 10am on 19th July.

Stockport’s Central Library is getting prepared to reopen at 10am on 19th July, subject to the easing of restrictions in line with the next stage of the government’s roadmap to recovery. Residents will be able to enjoy several services at the library, as well as borrow books and use the newly upgraded PCs for free.

The heritage library has moved to the ground floor to amplify the profile of this amazing resource, where visitors can request archives, research their family tree or explore the fascinating history of Stockport through photographs and newspaper articles.

Fiction and non-fiction books will still be available to borrow on the ground floor. Additionally, a new business hub has been created on this floor of the library, to support those thinking of setting up a business or SMEs under 3 years old. Visitors will be able to access business directories and resources, as well as ask for help and support from staff.

PC services will still be available free of charge, with new Windows 10 PCs being installed. Visitors can also take out a ‘hublet’ tablet in the Library or bring their own device and use the free WIFI, allowing total flexibility during a visit, where visitors can sit anywhere in the library and still access the internet.

In terms of the second floor, there is plenty of free meeting space for those who need a space in Stockport town centre to work or meet colleagues or friends. This space is bookable to ensure you are guaranteed a space. There is still the chargeable bookable private meeting space in the basement for larger, private meetings. To book this space or enquire about pricing, please email libraries@stockport.gov.uk.

Councillor David Sedgwick, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement at Stockport Council, said: “Staff have all been working hard behind the scenes to prepare Central Library for its reopening, which will hopefully take place on 19th July once restrictions are lifted.

“The library is now more dynamic than ever, offering lots of different services that I’m sure our visitors will find useful. The library has also been deep-cleaned and will continue to be cleaned regularly, to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit. We look forward to welcoming back visitors to Central Library, and can’t wait to hear what our residents think about the new look and services.”

Central Library joins Great Moor, Offerton and Bridgehall in planning to open on 19th July, meaning all 16 of Stockport’s libraries will have reopened on this date. All openings are subject to the easing of restrictions by the government.

As well as Central Library’s planned reopening, One Stockport Hub in Mersey Square will remain open, as focused cultural and community hub focused on wellbeing. Residents will continue to be able to access computers and a small selection of library books, pick up reserved books and return books at One Stockport Hub. . Partners will regularly be invited to host events in One Stockport Hub, and there will remain a dedicated children’s area for families to drop in to whilst out and about.

Of course, there are still lots of online services that can be accessed remotely as part of Stockport libraries. The Borrowbox app allows library users to access lots of great e-books and e-audiobooks from the comfort of their home, and the Pressreader service offers access to many magazine and newspaper titles from across the globe. These services will remain at the forefront of the libraries’ offering, perfect for those who are still apprehensive about the easing of lockdown restrictions. Finally, our home library service is there for those that are unable to travel from their home to access a library.

For more information on the library services, visit https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/libraries.