Reopening libraries

The cabinet has made the decision to reopen libraries which closed in 2016, wherever possible. 

The following libraries have now reopened:


Library membership

Join a library

You can apply to join a library online or at your local library. It's free to join and there are no age restrictions.

Update your details

If you already have a library card you can update your details if they have changed or you would like to change which library your reserved books go to.

Account expiry

Your library account will expire every three years and will need renewing for you to continue to use our services. If you don't regularly visit your local library, you may be unaware of this. To check your account expiry date log into your account and go to 'Settings'.

To reset your account expiry date, or to re-activate your account if it has expired you can update your details, call into a library or telephone 0300 123 6703.

Decisions and updates

On 8 March, Cabinet agreed proposals about the future of Earby library. The decision agreed to the library being set up in the New Road Community Centre. This means that the future of the former Earby library building will be reviewed. The county council owns both of these buildings.

A new fortnightly mobile library service will also operate in Earby while the necessary work is being carried out to set up the library at the New Road Community Centre. Further details on stopping times and location will be available in due course.

On 8 March, the Cabinet agreed to complete the community asset transfer of Cleveleys library to the community organisation UR Potential. UR Potential proposes to establish an independent community-run library, make the buildings available for community use and provide opportunities for learning and activities to reduce social isolation.

We are in discussion with Fylde Borough Council about proposals to put a mobile library on land near the Public Offices to make sure people have access to library services. A mobile library vehicle will be made available and we're looking at parking it near the Public Offices on Clifton Drive. The plan is to transfer 3,000 books from the main building to the mobile library.

We are currently considering the results of specialist heritage conservation surveys which have been carried out to inform repairs needed to the grade 2 listed St Anne's library.

Areas under consideration for repair include the masonry windows, foundations to the 1930s extension, weather sealing, roof trusses and the cupola.

Some of St Anne's services are being delivered from Ansdell library including collecting reserved items and some events (see events listings for details). Ansdell library and Kirkham library are opening additional hours while St Anne's library is closed.

The registration service is operating on a temporary basis from the Lancashire County Council Estates Office, Hastings Place, Lytham until St Anne's library reopens.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

On 7 December, Cabinet agreed the approval in principle of the community asset transfer (CAT) of the former Upholland library to Artz for All, a team of experienced professionals and volunteers from different sectors of the community. This was a difficult decision to make because there were two strong applications from local community organisations.

Artz for All provides quality creative opportunities and services to people, schools and organisations across West Lancashire. The organisation works predominantly with young people but also provides volunteering and creative services opportunities for adults. Activities will include drama, music and dance, photography, technical theatre and media make-up. The group will also establish an independent community-run library.

On 7 December, Cabinet agreed the completion of the community asset transfer (CAT) of Crawshawbooth library and Community Centre to the Crawshawbooth Community Association, along with the establishment of an independent community-run library. The Crawshawbooth Community Association has existed since the opening of the Centre in 1989 and has managed the centre on a day to day basis for six years. The Association serves the local community by providing a base, facilities and support for a wide range of community groups and individuals. The centre is used throughout the year by the community and it is planned to expand delivery further. The building also houses a pre-school and an out of school club that are both over-subscribed.

On 9 November, Cabinet approved carrying out an appraisal of possible options for a future library service in Lytham. Previous library and registration service provision was delivered within Lytham Institute, but the building is being assessed for its suitability for future service requirements. A range of options for future service delivery are to be considered, including at the Lytham Institute, the Assembly Rooms on Dicconson Terrace, or existing county council offices on Hastings Place. 

For more information view the report to Cabinet 9 November 2017.

On 9 November, Cabinet approved turning down a proposal for a community asset transfer (CAT) for Rishton library and overturned the decision to make it surplus to county council requirements. Rishton library has remained operational and will now continue to stay open.

For more information view the report to Cabinet 9 November 2017.

On 12 October, Cabinet supported the approval in principle of the community asset transfer (CAT) of the former Bamber Bridge library to the First Bamber Bridge Scout Group. The Scouts had successfully applied previously for a CAT to use the building as their headquarters and to open it up for use by the wider community for activities such as meetings and training throughout the day. We are now working with the group to advance their establishing an independent community-run library as well.

For more information view the report to Cabinet 12 October 2017.

As well as Earby and Upholland, another six libraries will require further consideration. Three former libraries cannot be reopened in their former premises since leases for two buildings have been surrendered and the ownership of one building has been transferred to a school but further consideration will be given to future options. Find out more about the decisions made.

Independent community-run libraries

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.