Reopening libraries

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


Oswaldtwistle library reopened on Monday 15 January 2018. The library was reopened by County Councillor Peter Britcliffe (Mayor of Hyndburn). Explore how to trace your local ancestors.

Barrowford Library is reopening on Monday 22 January 2018 at 9am. The library will be reopened by County Councillor Christian Wakeford. Discover lifelong learning including free taster sessions with Lancashire Adult Learning.

Whalley library is reopening on Monday 29 January 2018 at 9am. The library will be reopened by the Deputy Leader of Lancashire County Council, County Councillor Albert Atkinson. Imagine a lifetime of reading.

Thornton library is reopening on Monday 26 February 2018 at 9am. The library will be reopened by County Councillor John Shedwick. Start exploring reading at your local library - join the 50 Books Challenge or find a book.

A number of libraries have reopened already beginning with Silverdale in November 2017 followed by ParboldBurnley CampusBolton-le-Sands and Fulwood, and Freckleton

Lostock Hall library is also set to reopen between now 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 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.

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.

A structural survey is being carried out by Specialist Conservation Contractors 'Bullen' and 'WYG' due to it being a Grade 2 listed building. Once the survey has been completed and the recommendations approved, the work to resolve the structural issues will start sometime next year. We need to make sure that the building is fully fit for purpose for its future use.

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.

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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.