Reopening libraries

The cabinet has made the decision to reopen libraries which closed last year, wherever possible.

Full council has approved an additional £1.654 million to the 2017/18 revenue budget in order to meet the running costs of re-opening closed libraries. An additional £1.571 million was agreed for necessary building works and associated costs. For more information about the decisions made see information and reports from Full Council.


Parbold library is reopening on Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 9am.

The library will be reopened by Councillor May Blake, West Lancashire Borough Council and County Councillor Peter Buckley, Cabinet Member for Community and Cultural Services. There will also be the opportunity to find out about the Lancashire 50 Book Challenge.

Burnley Campus library is reopening on Monday 27 November 2017 at 9am.

The library will be reopened by County Councillor Peter Buckley, Cabinet Member for Community and Cultural Services. We'll be celebrating Lancashire Day and all things Lancashire.

Fulwood library is reopening on Monday 11 December at 9am. More details will be available soon.

Silverdale library was reopened on 1 November 2017 by the Leader of Lancashire County Council, Geoff Driver CBE. See That's Lancashire's coverage of the reopening on YouTube.

The other libraries set to reopen are: Barrowford, Bolton-le-Sands, Freckleton, Lostock Hall, Oswaldtwistle, Thornton and Whalley.

These libraries will require differing levels of work in order to reopen. At this stage we're anticipating that most will reopen between November 2017 and April 2018.

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 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.

On 12 October, Cabinet approved proposals for future library provision in Earby. The building where it had been previously based is not in good condition and is not well-suited to operating a modern library service. The proposals include carrying out a feasibility study to consider the costs and other implications of establishing the service in the nearby New Road Community Centre, which the county council also owns.

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

Progress is being made towards deciding the future of Upholland library. Two community groups that had previously applied for a community asset transfer are now including establishing an independent community-run library in their submissions that will be considered by Cabinet in the near future.

Specialist work continues to try to resolve the structural issues with the building. The library is now not expected to reopen until next year. The Registration Office which had been operating from St Anne's library is currently operating from the Preston Registration Office. However, officers are actively looking at options to deliver the service from another building in the Fylde area until St Anne's library reopens. 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.

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 recieved 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 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.