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Leisure centres and libraries

Last reviewed on 6 July

All council leisure centres and libraries across St Helens Borough are closed. At this stage, a date for reopening has not been set.

Membership fees due at council leisure centres will not be collected for any months of closure, for customers who pay via direct debit.

Our staff are continuing to deliver online workouts via Zoom and Facebook - see the pages for GoActive and Sports Development.

Libraries update: 3 July

The reopening of library buildings is part of the council's reset and recovery programme, and officers have been working on plans for the safe reopening of libraries for some weeks. Deep cleans have been ongoing and building risk assessments have been undertaken as part of this. 

The council is very much at the forefront of the approach and has been working with Libraries Connected, the national umbrella organisation for Library Services, to help produce guidance to help libraries reopen. Reopening plans cover issues such as risk management, social distancing, behaviour management, cleaning, hygiene and communication.

Officers are compiling all of this data and finalising the reopening plan which will be shared at the earliest opportunity.

St Helens Library Service has continued its great work during the lockdown period, with the home delivery service delivering books to more than 172 households, and the digital service has seen 12,940 loans of digital material.  In addition, staff have also conducted online events, such as the hugely popular Read and Rhyme Time, so that our families can participate with other members of their local community.

Library customers can access our 24/7 digital services, including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-comics, using their library card. 

Our schools library service is running and our archive service is available online.