Council's libraries, museums and the Cheshire Record Office to reopen from 2 December

1 December 2020

Following the news that Cheshire West and Chester has been placed in Tier 2, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s libraries, museums and the Cheshire Record Office will reopen from Wednesday 2 December.

Libraries will reopen on reduced hours for browsing and computer access. There will be a temporary replacement Mobile Library service for Malpas, Tarporley, Tarvin and Tattenhall.

Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “Staff will be working hard to ensure everyone’s safety. Our museums, libraries and the Cheshire Record Office have tested processes in place to ensure that all spaces are cleaned on a regular basis and visitors adhere to social distancing guidelines.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors back. Look out in the press and on social media for details of festive activities taking place at a museum near you and online with West Cheshire Libraries.”

To ensure the safety of staff and visitors revised opening times and pre-booking has been introduced for all museums. Find out more to plan your visit: Opening times and booking procedures may change at short notice.

There are no separate booking arrangements needed for The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum, just pre-book a visit to the museum as normal.

For further information and details of library opening hours visit the Council's website

The Home Library Service will resume where volunteers and clients are able to, supported by Council Library staff.  Some Library services are available 24/7 online.

Reservations will resume on Wednesday 2 December and normal loan periods and overdue charges will resume from Monday 7 December.  Libraries will also be fine-free for under 13s from 7 December.  Children aged 0-12 years will no longer be charged for any overdue items and any pre-existing late charges will be removed from their accounts. Check items on loan by logging in to your account.

Cheshire Record Office will be open on an appointment basis after 2 December from 10am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 4pm, Tuesdays and Fridays.  Requests to view archives must be made in advance by email: (

Further information can be found on the Cheshire Archives website. All online services remain unaffected.

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