Update 6th April 2021

Please find information regarding Wirral Libraries’ Order and Collect system which will restart next Monday…..


Readers can access books from Bebington Central, Birkenhead Central, Wallasey Central and West Kirby libraries from Monday 12 April with an Order and Collect offer.


The Order and Collect system allows readers to pre-order up to eight paperback, hardback and/or talking books at a time and collect them from one of the four libraries.


Readers can choose their own books, request a selection from a specific genre or author or those looking for inspiration can opt for a ‘lucky dip’ where staff can handpick a range of three to four surprise titles.


Orders can be placed online (from Thursday 8 April) by visiting or over the phone by calling one of the libraries operating the service:


Birkenhead Central and Bebington Central: 0151 606 2114

Wallasey Central and West Kirby: 0151 929 7724

The libraries will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 12:30pm, and 1:30pm to 5pm


Due to COVID-19 all other libraries in Wirral are currently closed until further notice.


All One Stop Shops in Wirral are currently closed. View further options for advice and support.

Irby library is currently closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 national lockdown.

Wirral Libraries have suspended the 'Order and Collect' service at Birkenhead Central, West Kirby, Bebington Central and Wallasey Central libraries due to the national lockdown.

You can download free e-books and e-audio books on

A message from our vice chairperson:

Dear Friend,

What a year 2020 has been!

Who would have predicted that the coronavirus pandemic would have such an impact on all our daily lives.

Most of us have been dedicating all our time and energy into look after our loved ones and those in need of help.

Oops! Let’s not forget the lovely summer we had, I think we could all enter the Chelsea Flower Show next year!

Who would believe that the library would still be closed until further notice. So far the council have only opened a couple of libraries with Order and Collect facilities. Although I have been told that the online service has increased.

However, you may wonder what the council have been doing. Many of the library staff were redeployed to do various emergency work, such as food shopping for shielding residents and working on the council’s COVID-19 emergency helplines. They have also been busy putting together a Library Strategy Plan for 2025. This can be found on We are hoping to get involved in this process during the coming new year.

As you may be aware the Friends subscriptions (£3 per year) were due for 2021.

However, it has been agreed that the membership should automatically be renewed this year at NO COST to all our current members. Your support is needed more than ever.

On behalf of the Friends of Irby Library Committee we would all like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and look forward to getting back to some type of normally in 2021!

Best wishes,
Jen Reid
Vice Chairperson
Friends of Irby Library

Friends of Irby Library (FOIL) is a community group of Irby residents who volunteer to keep the library attractive and viable with a range of fundraising events and volunteering activities.

Furniture, blinds, shelving or display units, FOIL has helped with all and more besides.

Through its book sponsorship scheme it has even helped with that most vital ingredient - books!