Sunday and Bank Holiday opening is being introduced at Bolton Central Library and Museum this Easter.
The building will open on Easter Monday, April 9 and for four other Bank Holidays throughout the year: May 7; June 4 and 5; and August 27.
It will also open on Sunday, April 15 and every Sunday thereafter between 10am and 4pm.
The move comes following a review of the library service during which the council’s Executive pledged to increase the opening hours of Central Library from 60.5 to 65 per week and to include Sundays and certain Bank Holidays.
As the library shares the building with Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive it means visitors to the town centre can also enjoy access to a host of exciting exhibitions and attractions.
A pilot scheme in 2009 saw the building open for four Sundays during August which coincided with the internationally renowned Ironman UK event and a monthly local produce market on Victoria Square.
In addition to the new opening times in Le Mans Crescent, Hall i’ th’ Wood historic hall will open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from April 3, from 10am to 3pm and noon to 4pm respectively.
The hall is currently only open on limited occasions throughout the year and for school workshops.
Smithills Hall will also see an increase in its opening hours from April, with a move from seasonal access to standardised days all year round. Visitors, including families and schools, will be able to visit Wednesdays to Fridays between 10am and 3pm, and Sundays from noon to 4pm.
Bolton Council Leader, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “During the review of the library service we highlighted Central Library as the hub of the new network, so we are pleased to be able to open the library and museum on the first Bank Holiday of the year at Easter and again for the Jubilee weekend, as well as on two other occasions.
“The Le Mans Crescent building is certainly very popular – the recent half term week saw around 11,000 visitors through the doors of the library, 8,500 to the museum and 4,000 to the aquarium. Opening the attraction on a Sunday throughout the year will mean visitors can enjoy a host of education and enjoyment opportunities seven days a week.”
Smithills Hall is currently open to the public on Fridays and Sundays during the winter, plus some other days for school workshops only.
Admission to Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum will be free except for special events, when there may be a small charge.
Bolton Central Library currently opens from 8.15am to 7.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8.15am to 5.30pm on Wednesday and Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturday. The new opening times will include a later start on Wednesdays, at 9.30am, plus Sundays from 10am to 4pm and selected Bank Holidays from 10am to 4pm.