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Monday 27 July - Onwards

Public Access Days

  • Bootle, Crosby and Formby Libraries - Monday and Thursday 10-4pm
  • Southport Library, The Atkinson - Monday to Saturday 11-4pm
  • Meadows Library, Maghull - Tuesday and Friday 10-4pm
  • Netherton Library - Wednesday 10-4pm

The services available will include; book borrowing, information enquiries and The People's Network computers. Computer session times will be strictly limited and users will be asked to wipe down keyboards and mice before and after use for their own safety.

At Crosby library, the local history section on the first floor will initially remain closed. the microfiche machines, newspaper archive and Electoral Rolls will also be unavailable.

Select, collect and return

  • Bootle, Crosby and Formby Libraries - Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-4pm, Saturday 10-12pm

Library users will be able to return items and collect orders. Items can be ordered via the library website - or by phoning the local library to make a request.

The health and safety of library users and staff is our priority. With this in mind returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours, so reservations will take longer than usual to fulfil.

In line with Government advice staff will limit numbers allowed into our buildings, with the wearing of face coverings encouraged during visits.

Visitors will be required to provide NHS Test & Trace details on arrival. These details will be kept securely for 21 days. Information will be held solely for the purpose of contacting people who may have been exposed to a confirmed case of Covid-19, when they have been identified as visiting one of Sefton Library buildings. As Sefton Council are the Public Health Authority, we will fully support the programme by allowing in only those willing to give their details.

Cleansing stations will be available at all library entrances.

Social distancing will be required during your visit.

Seating areas have been removed and we are unable to offer toilet facilities at this time.

Library activities such as storytimes, reading groups and partner lead sessions will remain suspended until it is deemed safe for them to resume.

Library opening hours will be shortened to allow for additional cleaning to take place.

The library service will constantly review the measures in line with Council and Government advice.

If you have any questions please email

Our Digital Library

Using your Library card and PIN numbers, you can access e-books and e-audiobooks via the Borrowbox and RBdigital apps.

You have access to free online daily newspapers and some magazines available from the UK and across the world. These can be accessed from the RBdigital app.

In response to the temporary closure of our library buildings, Ancestry can now be accessed for free from your home computer or tablet. All you need to do is log in to your library account and there is a link to take you to the Ancestry search screen.

Join us every Monday at 10:30 for our weekly virtual storytime 

Libraries understand the importance of enjoying stories together. Every Monday at 10.30am via the Sefton Libraries Facebook page, you and your toddler can enjoy watching one of our team read a pre-recorded story. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our Libraries story and rhyme times when it is safe to do so.

For now, please enjoy our virtual Storytelling.

Online Reading Group

Check out the online reading group, via the library Facebook Page - Sefton Libraries. Our aim is to get people talking and sharing, using our Digital Libraries titles available via the Borrowbox and RBdigital Apps. The new book is revealed fortnightly on a Sunday morning. Share your reviews online!

You can now access FREE WiFi in every Sefton Council library

Last Updated on 24 July 2020

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