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Book lending continues despite works to Prestwich library

Press release   •   Jan 30, 2014 11:16 GMT

Readers can still borrow books and return them during the temporary closure of Prestwich Library and Adult Learning Centre.

Essential building works are due to take place from 10 to 24 March, which means the library and the cash office will be closed.

However, there will still be a limited book lending service available from 9am to 1pm, Mondays to Fridays, in the foyer of the Longfield Suite while the work is being done.

The works include replacing the damaged and uneven flooring on the ground floor, essential electrical works in order to accommodate new public self-service (RFID) equipment, as well as the relocation of the public access computers from the first floor to the ground floor. 

Unfortunately, public access computers and other services will not be available during the closure, although computer access is available at other libraries in the borough. Items can be returned or borrowed via any of Bury’s other 16 libraries, and fines will not be charged on items due back at Prestwich Library during this period. Community groups who use the library on a Sunday will be temporarily disrupted, and will re-start on the weekend of 30 March.

For those attending a booked adult learning class/session at Prestwich Library, access to the building will be via the disabled access door off the ramp at the front of the building.

Although the cash office will be closed, payments can still be made at Bury Town Hall (Monday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm); online, at; via a 24-hour automated telephone line (0845 305 2197); at any Post Office or Paypoint outlet using a bar coded bill or rent payment card; or (non-cash only) at most other libraries.

The council apologises for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause, and advises that the nearest library is Whitefield Library and Adult Learning Centre in Pinfold Lane, Whitefield (0161 253 7510).

Libraries which are open on Sundays are:

* Castle Leisure Library, Bolton Street, Bury - 11am-3pm

* Moorside Community Centre and Library, St John’s Church Hall, Parkinson Street, Bury - 10am-1pm

* Sedgley Park Community Library, St Gabriel’s Community Rooms, Bishops Road, Prestwich - 12-1.30pm. 

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Press release issued: 30 January 2014.