Final neighbourhood collection to open 

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Bolton Central Library will become the hub of the library network

A library neighbourhood collection point for Astley Bridge will open to the public next month.

The facility, which replaces Astley Bridge library, will be set up in Oldhams Children’s Centre, Forfar Street, just after the Easter weekend on Tuesday, April 10.

The existing library building, in Moss Bank Way, will close on Thursday, April 5.

The new collection point will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The new-style service will enable people to borrow books via a self-service machine and computers will offer internet access.

Any special requests for books that aren’t on display can be made as normal via the library ordering service.

Ordered books can be delivered to the neighbourhood collection or any other library in the borough and people can return books to any library in the borough.

Bolton Council’s Leader, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “The decision to review the library network and replace five libraries with neighbourhood collections has not been an easy one to make. However, we have worked hard to minimise the effect on the community and the neighbourhood collection is part of that, along with Library Link.

“The neighbourhood collection points are situated in established focal points for the local community and offer computer use as well as book borrowing.

“There is a range of titles on offer and if a particular book isn’t available on the shelves then it can be ordered and delivered to any library or neighbourhood collection point in the borough. The self-service machines are straightforward to operate and members of staff are on hand to assist if needed.”

Letters have been sent to active borrowers of Astley Bridge library to inform them of the changes.

Neighbourhood collections are a self-service operation which includes a small selection of books that will be refreshed periodically.

Library Link is a free delivery service for those people who are unable to visit a library or neighbourhood collection point due to mobility issues.

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01204 332064
Further details
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01204 333333