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Libraries Services During Restrictions January 2021

From Monday 4 January 2021 Tameside Library buildings will not be open for general use and browsing – however you will be able to return items or collect pre-ordered books at the Library entrance. in addition all online services and the Home Library Service will continue. There will also be strictly managed access to public PCs in library buildings to assist with essential activity such as job applications, benefit claims and digital access to other public services.

The following services are available:

Safety measures remain in place for the protection of staff and visitors to libraries. This includes wearing face coverings, sanitising hands, social distancing, quarantining of books, additional cleaning, sanitising of PCs between users, and Perspex screens around counters.

We will also be maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors, and sharing these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, so that we can help to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

We ask that all visitors ensure careful compliance and maintain social distancing of 2 metres at all times to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 infection.


All items that were due for return during January have been renewed until the first date a branch is open on or after 31 January. No fines will accrue during the current lockdown period. If you think that your items were overdue before the libraries closed for Christmas 2020 there may still be a fine. Please contact us on 0161 342 2031 or email so that we can help.

Telephone enquiry service

You can get help and advice with your information or library enquiries from Tameside Libraries Information Service. You can call Ashton Library on 0161 342 2031 during opening hours. You can also renew your library items over the phone.

Libraries available for Order & Collect and essential PC use from 4 January 2021

Ashton Library   Hattersley Library
0161 342 2029   0161 342 2552
Monday 8:30am - 5:00pm        Monday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 8:00pm   Tuesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00pm   Wednesday  
Thursday 8:30am - 8:00pm   Thursday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm   Friday  
Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm   Saturday  
Denton Library   Hyde Library
0161 342 3406   0161 342 4450
Monday 1:00pm - 5:00pm   Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tuesday     Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday     Wednesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday 1:00pm - 5:00pm   Thursday  
Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm   Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday opening not available until further notice   Saturday opening not available until further notice
Droylsden Library   Mossley Library
0161 370 1282   0161 342 3787
Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm   Monday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday     Tuesday  
Wednesday     Wednesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm   Thursday  
Friday 1:00pm - 5:00pm   Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm   Saturday  
Dukinfield Library   Stalybridge Library
0161 330 3257   0161 338 2708
Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm   Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm   Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday     Wednesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday 1:00pm - 5:00pm   Thursday  
Friday     Friday  
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm   Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm
Open+ will not be available until further notice


Covid-19 Response - Order and Collect

We now operating an Order and Collect system. We are offering to put together a collection of up to 6 books based on your preferences for you to collect from the library of your choice.

More information is available on the Click and Collect page.



If you still can't get into the library then eReading may be something to try as it's available 24/7. We have eBooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers that can be downloaded from our website free of charge. To access these services you will need your library card and a PIN.  The PIN is the DDYY of your birth so the 1st January 1990 would be 0190.

If you need support with these resources or any other enquiries please do contact us on the email, we can also be contacted on 0161 342 2031
or via Live Web Chat at during opening hours.


Home Library Service

The Home Library Service offers delivery of library materials to people who are unable to leave their homes. The service is designed to meet the library needs of people who have difficulty visiting a library due to reduced mobility and have no-one who can visit the library on their behalf. 

As part of our Covid-19 response we have extended this service to any other library members for whom visiting the library is currently a struggle. We will liaise with customers to ensure no contact takes place when delivering or collecting materials.

For more information please call Ashton Library on 0161 342 2031 or f
ill in an application form on-line.


Search the Catalogue

You can search our library catalogue by author, title or subject you will be able to see everything from books and spoken word to eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Use the search box and topic filters at the side to find your favourites, or just browse. The catalogue will show whether the item is in stock, which libraries have copies and whether they are available to borrow. You can now place reservations from books that are stocked by the four open libraries, from 12 October items may be requested from all eight Tameside Libraries.

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Manage my Account

Login to your accountLog on to the Catalogue

You can log in to your library account online to check when your loans are due for return and renew. You can also make reservations and check the progress. You will need your Library Card number and your PIN. First time users? Please visit the catalogue help page.

Libraries Mobile App

Alternatively, you could get the free Spydus Mobile app which lets you manage your library account.
Use the app to search and renew your items. You can also use Spydus app to scan barcodes on books, which will search for available copies at your local library.

Download from Apple Store or Google Play



PC Bookings

Due to the need for social distancing, the number of PCs available has been reduced and we are limiting customers to a maximum of 1 hour per day.  Members may pre-book a maximum of 3 slots per week at Ashton Library and 2 slots per week at all other libraries.

Please call the relevant library to make a booking. You will be offered a choice of set time slots for pre-booked use. Please note the following:-

  • Please call in advance during advertised opening hours to make a PC booking.
  • Ashton - 0161 342 2029 | Denton - 0161 342 3406 | Droylsden - 0161 370 1282 | Dukinfield - 0161 330 3257 | Hattersley - 0161 342 5225 | Hyde - 0161 342 4450 | Mossley - 0161 342 3787 | Stalybridge - 0161 338 2708
  • Bookings not taken up within 10 minutes of the start time; access cannot be guaranteed.
  • Printing is available at all libraries. Please try to have the correct money if you wish to print.
  • PCs will only be available during advertised opening hours. Open+ is not currently available.
  • PCs will be cleaned in between sessions, please ensure you complete all work and printing in good time as it may not be possible to extend booking times.
  • You will be able to book for up to 7 days in advance.
  • One person only per PC, if you need to bring someone with you to help please ask when you make your booking if we are able to accommodate you.
  • To ensure social distancing our staff will not be able to offer help or support at PCs.
  • Please adhere to all Covid-19 safety measures. This includes sanitising hands on entry, wearing a face covering, and observing social distancing.


Virtual Reference

Tameside Libraries members can get free instant access to hundreds of reference resources and thousands of newspaper articles with our online library services. If you are a Tameside Libraries member you can access these resources from any PC with internet access in the library, at home, anywhere.

Find out more about the Virtual Reference Library.



Enquiry Service 

Tameside Libraries Information Service exists to provide information to anyone, on any subject, and in any form. There are thousands of items of stock as well as a range of digital resources and databases. If you are struggling to find more detailed or reliable information we can help.

You can call Ashton Library on 0161 342 2031 during opening hours. You can also renew your library items over the phone.

  • If you're stuck we can help with eBooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers, we can usually sort out the problem.
  • Tameside Libraries are part of Ask About Business, a partnership between eleven library authorities in Greater Manchester and beyond led by Manchester Central Library & Information Service. For more information about Ask About Business, contact Tameside Libraries Information Service or visit the Ask About Business website 
  • We can offer a free mailing list to Tameside Businesses. Contact us for for information about obtaining your free mailing list.

Further Questions?

Download frequently asked questions about Tameside Libraries re-opening - pdf

Download the Tameside Libraries Test and Trace Information Sheet - pdf

Or for further information contact:

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