A new look Leigh Library is set to include services from Leigh Life Centre as part of a re-design to create a more flexible service for residents.
The changes come as part of wider developments within libraries across Wigan Borough, transforming and enhancing customer service delivery, shaped by feedback from local residents.
Life Centre services will be relocated at the back of Leigh Library to make better use of existing space, whilst creating easier access for residents by bringing more services and facilities together at one site. The space created in Leigh Town Hall will allow Wigan and Leigh Archives to move downstairs, making it more accessible for residents.
In order to complete the transformation, Leigh Library will be closed on Monday 3rd July and Friday 7th July, with the Life Centre closing from 12.00pm on Friday 7th July in order to complete the move.
Lesley O’Halloran, Wigan Council’s assistant director for customer services said:
“This is a very exciting time for libraries across the borough. Moving Leigh Life Centre across to Leigh Library allows us to enhance the current offer available to residents by creating a fully integrated customer service experience. Through an innovative approach, it allows us to be more responsive to residents’ needs by providing further flexibility across our workforce.
“The changes have been shaped following a recent public consultation to create easier access under one roof in the library, and will also contribute towards the £1.4million savings target assigned to customer services.
Life Centre services will remain available throughout Monday 3rd July. Staff will still be available to support residents from 12.00pm on Friday 7th July, but access will be limited for a short period of time before re-opening fully in the new location on Monday 10th July. Residents can still access services at the nearby Atherton Life Centre, as well as online through My Account.
During the library closure, residents will still have access to libraries across the borough in order to return books, including; Ashton, Aspull, Atherton, Golborne, Hindley, Ince, Lamberhead Green, Marsh Green, Platt Bridge, Shevington, Standish, Tyldesley and Wigan. Books can also be renewed online as usual.