Golborne Library has been temporarily closed yet again as staff are re-deployed to help keep essential council services running.
The branch has been opened and closed several times during the course of this pandemic, with its staff asked to take on other roles including supporting test and trace. The building itself was used as a COVID testing centre for some time, too.
The library had reopened most recently in April, at the end of the third national lockdown. But it closed its doors once again on Monday (2 August, 2021), with the council explaining that staff would be moved to its customer service team following high levels of staff absence due to COVID illness or self-isolating.
The temporary closure also affects other local branch libraries in the borough, but Wigan and Leigh libraries and Life Centres, along with Ashton Library, will remain open.
All events related to the Summer Reading Challenge and Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)
programmes will go ahead as scheduled.
The 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. You can find out more on the council’s website.
While this latest temporary closure may be inconvenient, there are still hopes that the library will be one of the projects to benefit from investments which are planned for Golborne in the near future, with our local councillors hoping to secure a makeover for the branch.