Self-service comes to more Cheshire West and Chester Libraries

4 April 2016

Following the roll-out at other libraries, customers in Great Boughton, Barnton, Lache, Helsby and Hope Farm will soon be able to check out their own books and multi-media items when self-service technology comes to their libraries in the next couple of months.

In order to improve the service offered by libraries, kiosks are being installed to enable people to issue and return books, DVDs, talking books and language courses.

All libraries will need to close for a short period of time in order to relocate stock, shelves and computers and install the new technology.  
Library Closes on  Opens on
Great Boughton Saturday 23 April - 1pm Tuesday 3 May - 9.30am
Barnton Saturday 7 May - 1pm Monday 16 May - 2pm
Lache Saturday 14 May - 1pm Monday 23 May - 9.30am
Helsby Saturday 21 May - 1pm Tuesday 31 May - 9.30am
Hope Farm Saturday 4 June - 1pm Monday 13 June - 2pm

Customers will be given an extended loan period and increased borrowing limit to cover the closure period.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, said: “Our new self-service technology will make it much quicker and easier to issue and return books and multimedia. 

“Having self-service means we can reduce the size of the counter and have more room for the public.

“Self-service will enable staff to provide better customer service and there will always be a member of staff on duty if you need assistance and to help with queries and browsing for books.” Library facilities are available at other branches, and customers can also access services 24/7 at and on 0845 148 0148.

For further information please contact Rachel Foster, Library Services Manager, 01244 972612 or visit

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