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Golborne Library finally reopens

by Editor Lowton and Golborne News

Golborne Library is once again open to the community after its latest period of closure due to COVID-19 pressures on council services.

The library re-opened on Monday, 15 November after being closed for a third time during the pandemic in August.

Initially, opening hours will be shorter than before. So Golborne Library’s opening hours are now Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 2pm and Thursday to Friday 1pm to 5pm.

Golborne Library was initially shut during the first national lockdown, beginning March 2020. It reopened briefly in October 2020, but then was closed during the second national lockdown, with staff re-deployed to support the council’s COVID support work. In April, it reopened as a library. But by August the decision was made to close the doors once again, with staff needed to cover shortages elsewhere in the council.

Cllr Chris Ready, cabinet portfolio holder for culture and communities at Wigan Council, said: “We are really excited to welcome residents back to our community libraries.

“They remain an important asset within the borough and I know many people have missed them dearly throughout the pandemic.

“While these libraries will be operating on reduced hours, members will continue to have access to all the services they would do under normal circumstances.”

Central libraries will open on Saturdays again

If you can only make it to the library on a weekend, there’s good news about this too. The central libraries in Wigan and Leigh will begin opening on Saturdays again from November 20.

Their opening hours will be Monday to Saturday, between 10am and 2pm. However, Saturday will be for library services only and will not include the Life Centre.

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