Tottington Centre re-opening

Good afternoon everyone,

Please find attached a message we have received from the Tottington Centre regarding its reopening.

Best wishes


Good News from The Tottington Centre – A Phased Reopening

We are delighted to announce, that from Monday 17 August, we are back with a limited service and reduced opening times – but at least we are here for you once more.

We are starting with an “Order and Collect” service, as are many other libraries locally and nationally. We are also following a National Recovery Plan for Libraries set out by the Government.

So – how does “Order and Collect” work? There are various option for everyone.

Library members will be able to order books online, via The Tottington Centre website.

The whole of the Library catalogue list is online, together with an online order form.

The website address is: Orders are now being taken and all orders will be ready for collection within 3 days of ordering. You just choose the best a collection day for you.

Another option for ordering books is to for you to print off the order form attached with this email and to return it by hand to the box in our porch during opening hours, or you can download and save this order form and return by email to: [email protected].  

Anyone without access to a computer can pick up an order form from the porch and return it by hand.  Look out for the box in our porch. There is an option for everyone.

Opening Times:

Our pre-booked collection opening times are:

  • Monday:  2-5pm
  • Wednesday: 2-5pm
  • Thursday: 2-5pm
  • Saturday: 10.30 – 12 noon

Returning Books:

Books can also be returned during these new opening hours. Or anytime the porch door is open. The door will be open on most days for the next couple of weeks so that you can return books and pick up forms.

If you have books on loan, please return them as soon as possible so that the Library has a full selection of books available for loan.

All returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before becoming  available for loan once again.

Please place books in the Returns Box in the porch.

Borrowing Books:

You can still borrow up to 6 books for 3 weeks at a time. Just use either the online order form or the printed order forms to request your 6 individual titles.

We are also introducing “Ready Reads” where you tell us what you like to read and we will pick a selection of books for you. You can request anything from thrillers, romance, junior fiction, picture books, to  a range of  non – fiction.  The world is your oyster – have fun letting us pick for you!

All our catalogue lists are availabe online as PDF documuments and can be saved or printed. Why not ask us, or family, or friends if you need any individual lists printing.

New Members:

New members wanting to join will need to fill in a membership form, available from our porch and bring proof of ID. If you would like to pay the £2.50 membership fee, pop your money into the collection box in the porch – sorry we cannot give change as we are not handling cash. Or  visit our just giving page. The link is at the end of this email.

Book Donations:

You have always supported us with your book donations and in the past we have had fantastic book sales. Remember those days? One day we will be able to accept your donations and hold fundraising events again. Not for the foreseeable future though. If you would like to support our other fundraising initiatives – why not join our 100 Club or support us with just giving or easy funding? 100 Club packs available in the porch. We’ve had lots of winners during lockdown winning up to £100.

No Public Access to the building:

Following Government guidance, the building will remain closed to the public: meeting rooms will remain out of use; there is no access to our computers or printing and photocopying.

The Tea Room will also remain closed. However, Kelly-Ann has a delivery service.

[email protected]  or  phone: 0797 101 2204. Contact her to be added to her Menu Mailing list.

Health and Safety:

We have carried out a Risk Assessment. The Health and Safety of our volunteers and members is paramount. Social distancing and strict hygiene measures are all in place.

You will also see social distancing measures in place when you are ordering or collecting your books. One In and One Out system in the porch, queuing areas, hand sanitser etc. 

We hope that you will continue to support us in this strange new world we find ourselves in and we look forward to serving you and seeing you again – albeit through glass and in a socially distanced way.

For further information or assistance please contact us during our new opening times. When we are not open, volunteers will not be in The Tottington  Centre to respond to phone calls or emails.

Contact us:

 Phone: 07902671040

 Email: [email protected]

 Remember Our New Opening Times:

  • Monday:  2-5pm
  • Wednesday: 2-5pm
  • Thursday: 2-5pm
  • Saturday: 10.30 – 12 noon

Thank you for your continuing support.

Best wishes, from Friends of Tottington Library (FOTL)

Contact us at:

Email:                  [email protected]         



Phone:                 07902 671040

Address:              The Tottington Centre, Market Street, Tottington, Bury BL8 3LL

Thank you for your donations to help support the Centre and Library:

Just Giving: Easyfundraising:

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