Published: Wednesday, 15th Jun 2022

Due to essential work and investment, the Central Library at Le Mans Crescent is temporarily moving to Crompton Place.

Bolton Council has secured the £23.9m Towns Fund and is investing in four key projects one of which is the upgrade of the library.

An investment of £3 million has been secured for the work, the refurbishment will expand and upgrade the children's area, improve social spaces and update the digital facilities in the main area with the addition of a mezzanine floor.

A report proposing temporary relocation of Central Library will be considered by the Leader of the Council on 21 June.

If approved, the project is due to start in September this year and will take just over 12 months to complete, the library will then move back to its current home towards the end of 2023.

The library will temporarily be housed at Crompton Place shopping mall on the site of the former New Look unit.

Putting the library in Crompton Place aims to ensure the long-term sustainability of one of the town’s key cultural and heritage assets, so residents of Bolton and beyond can continue to enjoy all that the library offers.

The temporary home for the library will not affect the redevelopment plans for Crompton Place which continue to be explored by Bolton Council.

Council Leader, Cllr Martyn Cox said:

“The Central library and Museum are the cornerstones of Bolton’s cultural offer, with hundreds of thousands of residents coming to visit each year.

“Securing this funding means we can continue to care for our iconic building and preserving it for future generations is a top priority of ours.

“Moving the library to Crompton Place means those who use it won’t have to go far to access what they need with the minimum of impact”.

The library services will provide more detailed information about the project in the coming weeks, and all functions continue to remain open.