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Welcoming Back Customers 12 April 2021

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Thanks to a further relaxation in coronavirus restrictions, the eight sites across the borough are preparing to reopen for browsing on Monday, April 12 and some libraries for private study.

Customers can use libraries confident that all necessary covid safety measures will be in place such as hand sanitiser, social distancing, Perspex screens and a requirement for everyone to wear a face covering unless exempt. Numbers entering each site will be strictly managed and PCs and study space will be cleaned between users.

Because of the need to make sure there is a safe distance between customers who are studying and those who are browsing, study space will only be available at Ashton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hattersley and Stalybridge Libraries. Anyone wishing to use study space must book in advance. PCs are available in one-hour slots while allocated study space can be used for two hours. Separate appointments are needed.

In addition to private study and browsing, library customers can borrow books and consult reference resources.

For anyone unable to visit a library, or who chooses not to do so, the full range of digital services remains in place including e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines and newspapers, and other online resources. Customers can also manage their library account online, including renewing any items, managing reservations, and changing personal details. There is also a telephone enquiry service and renewals can be made over the phone.

The following services are currently available:

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.

Covid 19 Risk Assessments have been undertaken at each site to ensure risk to customers and staff is reduced as much as is possible.

All items that were due for return during March have been renewed until the first date a branch is open on or after 30 April. 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 PC use from 12 April 2021

Ashton Library   Hattersley Library
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
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
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
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



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