Update on local library services

From today (Thursday 5 November) new national restrictions will be in place to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Libraries that are currently open, which include Bramhall, Brinnington, Hazel Grove, the Heatons, Marple and Reddish, will remain open during this period. Cheadle library will re-open following essential building work on Thursday 12 November.

We would encourage all library users to consider whether their visit is essential while restrictions are in place. There are a wealth of digital resources available for library users including e-books and magazines that can all be accessed free of charge from the comfort and safety of your own home. For full details visit our web pages

However, we know that for some of our library users, the free access to PCs and the internet will continue to be important during this period, and for some, nothing will replace a physical book.

Therefore, ‘order and collect’ book borrowing and pre-booking of PCs for essential activities such as job applications, benefit claims and digital access to other public services will continue to be available during this period.

Users might find the experience a little different during lockdown. There will be a strict one in and one out system for book collection with books being collected in a pre-arranged slot from the foyer or entrance to the library building. We are also asking users to only book IT slots for essential activities such as those listed above as spaces will be limited. Please do not visit to return books (unless you are collecting a new selection). Fines continue to be suspended at the current time and books can be returned once the current restrictions have been lifted.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement at Stockport Council, said: “As we enter a new period of national restrictions, we need to make sure essential services continue to be available to people who need them. I know how important local libraries are to our residents – reading can be essential for wellbeing and covid has highlighted the importance of digital access for all.

“Since libraries were able to reopen in July, our teams have worked hard to put in place covid-secure measures to help keep our residents and staff safe over recent months. As a result, I am really pleased that in this second lockdown we are able to keep providing library services at all the libraries we have reopened to date.

“To help us to ensure these services are there for those who most need them, I ask that if people are able to delay their visit to a time when these additional restrictions are lifted, it would be appreciated. However, for those that still need these services during this time, rest assured that libraries continue to be safe to visit and our friendly team will do all they can to help you.”