ELLESMERE Port Library is closing on Saturday for 11 weeks as major refurbishment takes place.

The project includes the installation of self-service book issue and return, self-serve People's Network and remodelling of the entrance area.

There will also be a layout change, Wi-Fi installation, improved toilet facilities, complete redecoration, carpeting and improved ventilation.

While the closure is under way a temporary library will be opened in the Coronation Centre, Coronation Road, from June 27 until August 27. Opening hours are 9.30am-6pm Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am-5pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 9am-1pm Saturday.

Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and recreation, said: “This major refurbishment will, I am sure, be welcomed by the thousands of people who visit Ellesmere Port Library.

“The remodelling will make the library more welcoming and the introduction of new self-service technology means that staff can be freed up to help customers with their queries.

“A major operation is taking place to make sure that local people still have a town centre temporary library service between June 27 and August 27.

“There will also be a temporary increase in the opening hours of Hope Farm and Little Sutton Libraries because there will be a limited service in the Coronation Centre.”

Local councillor Justin Madders said: “The introduction of the self-issue and return unit will make it quicker and easier for borrowers. The counter can also be reduced, leaving more room for books.

“During the closure the library has tried to make alternative arrangements, where possible, for regular activities such as reading groups and rhyme times. It is important during the summer holidays that as many of the kids activities are still available.

“The revamp also includes upgrading shelving and new furniture, making the whole library visit much more

The temporary library will be offering a limited service and will have four computers available for 30-minute sessions but there will be no printing and fax facilities. Other libraries in the area can offer access and it is advisable to book ahead.

During the temporary closure the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages will also be located at the Coronation Centre, Coronation Road. The opening times remain: 10am-1pm and 2-4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am-12.30pm Friday. All registrations of births, deaths and marriages are by appointment – ring 0300 123 7037.

Further information about the registration service in Cheshire West and Chester Council can be found on www.cheshirewestandchester. gov.uk/registration.