Latest library news

Phased re-opening of Cheshire East libraries

The phased re-opening of our libraries began on Monday 6 July. There are restricted opening hours and limited services, and Covid-19 secure measures will be in place to make each of our libraries as safe as possible when they re-open.

You will be able to return, renew, browse and borrow books, audio books and DVDs. Our friendly staff will be here to help you. Plus, you can still borrow e-books, e-magazines and e-audio books, and use our eresources section including online newspapers. We will continue to offer online activities via Facebook.

Our public computers and Council Customer Service enquiries services will be available, but must be booked in advance. Please contact your library to make a booking. Some services will be unavailable to begin with including reservations, local studies materials, reference and study areas, library events and meeting room bookings.

Please contact your library or check our opening times page for details of the restricted opening hours.

Libraries during lockdown

We hope you've been enjoying our activities for adults and children on Facebook and using our online services during lockdown. Take a look at our short #LibrariesFromHome video to see what we've been up to since March.

Silly Squad - digital Summer Reading Challenge 2020

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Cheshire East Libraries are excited to be taking part in this year’s all-new digital Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest children’s reading for pleasure programme in the UK, with 700,000 children and their families taking part last year. The programme is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with public libraries, publishers and schools.

The theme this year is ‘Silly Squad’ so families can have fun and children can read anything that makes them happy - books, comics, or joke books - in any format. The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck into all kinds of funny books. 

Children can sign up and take part for free. They can read any books this year, not just library books, although you can borrow from our e-book and e-audiobook collections, and we even have Dinosaurs, Horrible Histories and the Beano as e-magazines. It's free to join the library online if your child is not already a member.

There are games, quizzes and other activities to encourage them to complete the challenge on the Reading Agency's Facebook page. Plus, look out for our special library Facebook posts at 2.30pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The Challenge will run throughout the summer until September. So, let's get silly this summer!