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Leisure Centres update: 17 August

St Helens Borough Council leisure facilities began a phased reopening on Monday 27 July, with a number of measures in place to keep visitors and staff safe.

Parr Swimming and Fitness Centre: gym open

Queens Park: gym, swimming pool, exercise classes and sports hall open

Newton-le-Willows Health and Fitness: gyms, swimming pool, exercise classes, outdoor facilities and sports hall open

Sutton Leisure Centre: outdoor facilities and sports hall open 

Ruskin Sports Village: outdoor facilities open

Read more information on the phased reopening of our leisure centres


Libraries update: 9 September

Selected libraries in St Helens Borough reopened to the public on Monday 27 July with a number of measures in place to keep visitors and staff safe.

Parr, Chester Lane, and Eccleston and Newton-le-Willows libraries have reopened. These had the space to reconfigure layouts in the interest of social distancing.

The new St Helens Library based in the World of Glass Museum will open at 10:00am on Monday 14 September.

The other libraries remain closed for the time being but this will be under continual review over the next few weeks.

St Helens Archive has also reopened and bookings for the search room can be accommodated Monday to Wednesday between the hours of 10am and 2pm.

The opening hours for Chester Lane and Eccleston Libraries are:

Monday: 10am – 7pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 1pm

Parr Library opening times are:

Monday: 10am - 7pm
Tuesday: 10am - 1pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 1pm - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm

St Helens Library opening times are: 

Monday: 10am - 7pm
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm
Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm  


To ensure users continue to encounter a safe experience on their library visit, a series of measures have been introduced such as screens on counters, the repositioning of furniture, and hand sanitising stations at each entrance.

On entering a library, visitors need to produce personal details through their membership card as part of the track and trace process.

Returning and borrowing books and other items are possible; however, computer access, printing, photocopying, newspapers and magazines are out of service for a temporary period.

Library fines have now been removed and members no longer have to pay a fee to reserve books. The Library Service has launched its new Click and Collect Service, giving the option to reserve up to six books for free, and users can collect from the libraries that have re-opened - www.sthelens.gov.uk/librarycatalogue

Libraries are unable to accept benefit forms during the first few weeks of reopening.

Events and activities, such as the hugely popular Read and Rhyme Time sessions and tours of St Helens Archive, can continue to be enjoyed virtually through St Helens Library Service’s Facebook page for the foreseeable future.

You can keep up to date with whatever else St Helens Library Service has to offer - from quizzes, story time, and arts and crafts, and much more besides - by following their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Following the relaxation of lockdown guidelines, work is back underway on the new St Helens Town Centre Library, which is expected to open once building work has completed.

For Home Delivery Library Service enquiries, call 01744 677898 or email homedeliverylibraryservice@sthelens.gov.uk.

Library customers can also access 24/7 digital services, including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-comics, using their library card. For more information, visit https://sthlibrarieswp.koha-ptfs.co.uk/

Enquires for the Archive Service can be emailed to archives@sthelens.gov.uk or by phone 01744 671748.