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Changes to library, museums and archives opening times during the Christmas period

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s libraries, museums and archives service will be operating a revised service over the Christmas period.

Libraries will close at 1pm on Saturday 23 December 2023 until Tuesday 26 December.

Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Neston, Northwich, Sandiway, Upton and Winsford libraries will open as usual from Wednesday 27 December to Saturday 30 December, close 31 December and 1 January then re-open 2 January 2024.

Other libraries, except for those listed below will close throughout the festive period, re-opening 2 January.

  • Storyhouse will close Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and then open as follows during the festive period:

    24 December 9.30am-8pm; 26 December 10am-9pm; 27- 30 December, normal opening hours; 31 December 9.30am-8pm;

  • Malpas Library, based within a high school, will close at 5pm on 21 December and re-open 9 January.
  • Tarporley Library, based within a high school will close at 7pm on 21 December and re-open 4 January.
  • Hoole Library will close at 4pm on 22 December and re-open 2 January.
  • The Mobile Library will not undertake any routes week beginning 25 December through to 1 January.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for a Fairer Future (Poverty, Public Health and Mental Health), Councillor Lisa Denson said:

“During opening times libraries are part of the Council’s Warm, Welcoming Spaces network, providing a space for you to stay warm and safe.

"Come along and join the library for free and take advantage of the wide range of books, eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines: 

eBooks and eAudiobooks | Cheshire West and Chester Council.

“There are also refreshments and free access to Wi-Fi as well as public computers and everyone is welcome to join in with library events and activities that are taking place.”

Find out more and share the details with your friends and neighbours: 

Warm, Welcoming Spaces | Cheshire West and Chester Council

For more information visit: 


You can also follow Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Libraries Service on Facebook, X or Instagram.

The Council’s museums will be operating a revised service over the Christmas period.  Lion Salt Works, Grosvenor Museum and Weaver Hall will be closed on Saturday 23 to Wednesday 27 December, and on Monday 1 January 2024.  They are open on Thursday 28 to Sunday 31, and then Tues 2 January onwards.

The Cheshire Record Office will be closed from Friday 22 December to Monday 1 January 2024 inclusive.

Online services are unaffected and can be found at: 


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