A “MUCH-LOVED” Wirral library will reopen.

Local charity Pioneer People Wirral has been working with Wirral Council for nearly two years to take over the management of Pensby Library.

The building is undergoing some essential repairs and will then be subject to a full re-fit.

A library service will continue to be offered, along with access to computers and an outreach service for the housebound, with books being delivered using an electric rickshaw.

Pioneer is taking on a 25-year lease through the Community Asset Transfer programme, becoming responsible for all the day-to-day running costs of the building which will be financed by a coffee shop and vintage charity shop.

Mark Johnston, Pioneer’s CEO, said he is “excited” about saving the “much-loved provision” and turning the building into a “vibrant community hub”.

He told the Globe: “We want people to pop in to pick a book, stop for a great coffee and wonderful slice of cake, browse our quirky vintage shop and engage with other cultural and arts based activities on offer.

“Volunteers will be needed to help run the library and coffee shop, local people willing to serve customers, wait on tables, do the dishes, sort books, provide IT expertise and to deliver some pedal power to our rickshaw and help set up a book delivery round.”

Building work is still ongoing with the hope to open in late April or early May but an opening date is yet to be confirmed.