Bolton’s first library neighbourhood collection point will open to the public during January.
The neighbourhood collection service at Highfield (The Orchards) will be set up in the foyer of The Orchards building, which is also home to a children’s centre and school, after the main library closes on January 13.
Library users at Highfield will be able to borrow books from the new-style service from January 16.
The neighbourhood collection will be open to the public during the children’s centre opening hours and people can return books to any library in the borough.
Any special requests for books that aren’t on display can be made as normal via the library ordering service as a PC will be available with internet access.
Ordered books can be delivered to the neighbourhood collection or any other library in the borough.
The decision to go ahead with the closure of five libraries in Bolton was made by the Executive on October 12.
The full list of closures includes: Astley Bridge; Castle Hill; Highfield; Heaton and Oxford Grove and neighbourhood collections will be implemented over the next few months.
Letters are being sent to all active borrowers at Highfield library to inform them of the new arrangements, and letters will follow to users of the other four libraries in due course.
Neighbourhood collections are a self-service operation which includes a small selection of books that will be refreshed periodically.
Highfield Children’s Centre at The Orchards, on Highfield Road, Farnworth, is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm.