Stockport Libraries reintroduce book browsing service

Following the easing of National Restrictions on December 2, Stockport Libraries are pleased to announce that they will be restoring their book browsing service from 7 December.

This means that visitors will be able to browse the shelves, choose their titles and borrow books via the self-service machines. Visitors will also have free access to the PCs and internet access, although pre-booking is still advised to avoid disappointment.

Cheadle, Bramhall, Brinnington, Hazel Grove, the Heatons, Marple and Reddish libraries will all be offering this service.

In addition, two further libraries will also be offering a browsing service, as Edgeley Library will be reintroducing a service from Saturday 5 December and Bredbury from Wednesday 16 December.

When visiting the library, our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our staff and residents and we will be operating in a Covid secure environment. Numbers will be limited at each Library, so please be aware that you may have to queue before entering.

Visitors will also will be expected to continue to support our social distancing measures, use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and wear a face covering, unless exempt, for the duration of their visit.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement at Stockport Council, said: “This is great news. I am really pleased that we are now able to introduce browsing as well as re-instating services at two more libraries. Although we have been offering a book ordering service and digital provision during national restrictions, I know a lot of people have really missed being able to browse our wide selection of books.

“We need to ensure we are operating in a safe and secure manner and this is for everyone’s safety, so please be mindful of this during your visit. Thank you for your continued cooperation.”

Full details of opening hours can be found here: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/opening-times-libraries