Temporary library in St. Anne's due to open soon

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A temporary library service, based in a mobile unit, will start soon in St.

Anne's while repairs are ongoing to the main library building.

The service will start on Monday 26 March at 9am. The vehicle will be located at the Public Offices, 288 Clifton Drive South, in St. Anne's, and will remain at this location until the work at the library building has been completed.

Opening times for the library will be:

Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm

Lancashire County Council has worked with Fylde Borough Council to find a suitable location for the temporary library to ensure people have access to library services.

The mobile vehicle will carry a wide range of books to suit all tastes. The titles will be changed regularly, with new ones being added frequently. Books can also be ordered, just the same as in a static library. A variety of audio books will also be available.

The unit is fully accessible for people with mobility problems and disabilities. It is fitted with low rise stairs and a passenger lift for easy access so that customers can board to select their own books.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We've been able to site one of our mobile library units in St. Anne's to provide a temporary base while the main building is being renovated.

"There is a significant amount of work to be done before the library will reopen but I am committed to ensuring that this work happens. In the meantime, it is important to me to fill the gap in provision in St. Anne's and I'm grateful to Fylde Borough Council for working closely with us to find a suitable location for the mobile library.

"Some 3,000 books have been transferred from the main building to the mobile library, which will be located at the Public Offices from next Monday and open for 40 hours per week."

Lancashire County Council is currently agreeing with contractors the scope of work to be carried out based on the results of specialist heritage conservation surveys of 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.

Councillor Susan Fazackerley MBE, leader of Fylde Council, said: "Fylde Council is very pleased to have been able to assist Lancashire County Council with temporary library provision for St. Anne's residents.

"This is a good example of partnership working between the two authorities and should prove a convenient location whilst our beautiful Carnegie Library is undergoing vital structural repair work."

Ansdell and Kirkham libraries are also open for longer to ensure access to a full library service, and this will continue until St. Anne's library reopens.

A registration officer is also currently based in the Adult Social Services office building on Hastings Place, Lytham. This is in addition to the registration services that are already provided across Lancashire and the main base which is located at Preston Registration Office on Bow Lane, Preston. This arrangement has also been put in place following the temporary closure of St. Anne's Library.

Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.

The Lancashire registration service records all the births and deaths in the county and performs over 3,800 marriages each year.

For more information call 0300 123 6705 or email registrarslancashire@lancashire.gov.uk

Alternatively visit www.lancashire.gov.uk and search for 'Register a birth, death or marriage'.

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