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As of 1st September

Public Access Days

  • Bootle and Crosby Libraries - Monday, Thursday and Friday 10-4pm
  • Formby Library - Monday, Tuesday 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 will begin to re-open; microfiche machines, the newspaper archive and Electoral Rolls will be available, booking is advisable. A limited number of study tables will be available on the first floor of Crosby Library. They will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Select, collect and return

  • Bootle and Crosby Libraries - Tuesday and Wednesday 10-4pm, Saturday 10-12pm
  • Formby Library - 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 being mandatory in public buildings.

Visitors will be required to provide NHS Test & Trace details, 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.

The majority of 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


If your child has missed receiving their FREE Bookstart pack because of lockdown, please contact and ask for a pack to be sent to your nearest library for you to collect.

The baby pack is gifted at 7-9 months, usually by your health visitor. 

The treasure pack is usually gifted when your child is 3-4 years, just prior to them going into reception.

Please don't let your child miss out!


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.

You can now access FREE WiFi in every Sefton Council library

Last Updated on 10 September 2020

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