FOUR Wirral libraries will reopen on Monday, operating an 'order and collect' service as lockdown measures are gradually eased.

Bebington Central, Birkenhead Central, Wallasey Central and West Kirby will open their doors to 'order and collect' customers, with orders able to be placed from this Thursday.

The system allows you to pre-order up to eight paperback, hardback and/or talking books at a time and collect them from one of the four libraries.

You can choose your books, request a selection from a specific genre or author or, if you're looking for inspiration, opt for a 'lucky dip' where the council's team of librarians will hand pick a range of three to four surprise titles.

Orders can be placed online at or over the phone by calling one of the libraries operating the service:

  • Wallasey Central and West Kirby: 0151 929 7724
  • Birkenhead Central and Bebington Central: 0151 606 2114

A spokesperson for the council said preparations were also underway to make more library services available from May 17 should permission be given in line with the Government's road map.

They added: "However, it may not be possible to reopen all facilities as many of the authority’s employees, including a substantial number of libraries staff, are working in other services to support the council's COVID-19 response.

"Key library buildings, including Eastham, Greasby and Heswall, are also operating as testing sites and support services meaning that not all library sites will be able to reopen straight away.

"Birkenhead, Bebington, West Kirby and Wallasey Libraries will only be offering an Order and Collect service at this time.

"No other library services will be available at these sites, including the One Stop Shop Service, and it is not possible to enter the library for browsing at this stage."

When collecting items from the library, separate entrances and exits will be marked, with a one-way system around the building and hand sanitising stations available. No toilet facilities will be available, except in emergencies.

The public are asked to adhere to the safety measures in place to help protect themselves, staff, and other visitors to the library. Visitors must bring their own bag with them and are reminded to wear a face covering.