Liverpool City Council has closed all of the city’s libraries with immediate effect (as of Monday 23 March).
has been taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of both the public and
members of staff.
The book loan
period has been indefinitely extended so that people who currently have books
on loan will not accrue fines
are encouraged to make the most of the free eReading service which allows
people to download books, audiobooks, magazines
and comics to phones, tablets or e-readers. These can be accessed by
downloading a free app.
If there are
any queries about the closures, or the eReading, members of the public can call
0151 233 3069.
The home delivery service to the over 70s will continue. Requests to register for this can be made by ringing 0151 233 2796.
and cabinet member responsible for libraries, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “This isn’t a decision we have taken
lightly as we know that our libraries and archives provide a cherished service
for many of our residents both young and old. However, we need to do everything
we can to protect both citizens and staff.
“These are unprecedented
times and we ask for understanding around the difficult decisions that the city
council, and organisations and businesses across the city are having to make.”
Last week, all schools in the city shut and the decision was made to close Lifestyles Centre, Walton Soccer Centre, Wavertree, Speke and Kirkdale One Stop Shops and civic buildings including St George’s Hall, Liverpool Town Hall, Croxteth Hall.