OLDHAM Library is reopening on Monday, July 6, but there will be social distancing rules for visitors.

The public will be able to access a limited range of facilities, such as checking out books and using the computers.

Because of two-metre social distancing rules, visitors will not be able to browse the bookshelves.

Instead, they can choose from one of the genre packs which have been prepared, each containing three books.

Children’s books will also be available, with genre packs for different age groups.

All available books will have been quarantined for 72 hours.

Cllr Barbara Brownridge, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and culture, said: “Oldham Library is one of the busiest in the North West and it is a very important service for everyone in the community, so we are pleased it is reopening.

“However, due to the ongoing pandemic we are can only offer certain reduced services at this time. Hopefully this will change over time.

“Think of others before you visit – if you have any coronavirus symptoms please stay away and continue to use the online facilities.”

The library will be open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

The Lifelong Learning Centre and Gallery Oldham are not currently open to the public while they are being prepared to open safely. Services are continuing to be delivered online.

Adults will be able to access to IT – for a maximum of one hour, per day, per customer – at set times.

The toilets, café, gallery shop, children’s library and the study space will remain closed, for now in line with government guidelines.