Residents will be able to read and access digital services and learn about the history of Wigan Borough six days a week as part of new opening hours across libraries, the Museum of Wigan Life and Wigan and Leigh Archives.
As of Monday 21st August, libraries and the Museum will see their opening hours extended to give people wider access to their favourite and essential services. The opening hours have been changed to reflect the recent libraries consultation which found residents value their libraries as a hub for the whole community.
Central libraries in Wigan and Leigh town centres will open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 2pm on Saturday, closing as usual on Sundays.
Community libraries, the Museum of Wigan Life and Wigan and Leigh Archives will open 9am to 2pm Monday to Wednesday, 12pm to 5pm on Thursday and Friday, and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays, where local conditions permit.
The changes come as part of wider developments to transform and enhance customer service delivery, alongside recent changes to Wigan Library and the move of Life Centre services from Leigh Town Hall to Leigh Library in recent months.
Lesley O’Halloran, assistant director for customer services said:
“We understand that residents value their local libraries as vital centres to their communities, which is why we’re maintaining Saturday opening hours and extending the number of days libraries are open. By taking an innovative approach to meeting our budget savings and actually increasing access, we’re able to provide a service to meet demands shaped by feedback.
“We do appreciate that the new opening hours may impact times for some existing groups using libraries to meet and in these instances we will work with such groups to find the best solution.”