Bolton’s second wave of library neighbourhood collection points will open to the public in the next few weeks.
The neighbourhood collection service which replaces Oxford Grove Library will be set up in Halliwell UCAN centre on Monday, February 27 and Castle Hill’s new neighbourhood collection point will be situated in Tonge UCAN centre from Monday, March 5.
The existing library buildings for those areas will close on Friday, February 24 and Friday, March 2 respectively.
The new-style service will enable people to borrow books via a self-service machine.
There will also be computers set up in both centres offering internet access.
The neighbourhood collections will be open to the public during UCAN opening hours, plus Saturday mornings at Halliwell, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
After April 1, Halliwell’s hours will increase further to also include three evenings until 6pm.
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. People can return books to any library in the borough.
Bolton Council’s Leader, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “Both Halliwell and Tonge UCAN are established focal points for the local community. By locating the neighbourhood collection points in these buildings, there is real scope to develop community involvement even further.
“I’m also pleased to be able to extend the opening hours at Halliwell UCAN to allow borrowers more flexibility.”
UCAN Centres are Urban Care And Neighbourhood centres and are a home for local facilities and services which support the delivery of initiatives to tackle crime, promote employment and learning, and help sustain the neighbourhood in that community.
Neighbourhood collections are a self-service operation which includes a small selection of books that will be refreshed periodically.