The first independent community-run library is now open in Hyndburn. Run by Mercer 1842 at the Arthur Wilson Centre, the library received book stock and resources from the former Clayton-le-Moors library.
Progress is being made to establish independently community-run libraries at Bamber Bridge, Cleveleys, Crawshawbooth, Penwortham (in the former young people's centre), Pike Hill, Upholland and Trawden.
Where communities want to run their own library, we've offered a package of support to help them become established. This would include giving them a one-off payment of £5,000 to provide public internet access and cover set-up costs and providing shelving and an initial supply of books. A community library manager has been appointed to offer advice and guidance, including having an appropriate constitution, gaining charitable status, fund raising, setting milestones, stock management and training volunteers.