Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Lancashire County Council's flagship programme to reopen libraries which closed over a year ago marked another milestone today as Parbold Library became the second to reopen to the public.
The library in West Lancashire was reopened earlier today (Tuesday 21 November) by County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services and Councillor May Blake, who represents the Parbold ward for West Lancashire Borough Council.
Following the closure of 26 of the county's 73 libraries by Lancashire County Council towards the end of 2016, a new administration was elected in May, and has decided to re-open as many libraries as possible.
Plans have been agreed in recent months for the phased reopening of libraries, with Parbold being the second to reopen. Silverdale library in the north of Lancashire was the first to open, earlier this month, with many others due to follow.
County Councillor Buckley said: "Local libraries are a vital service at the heart of our communities, providing free access to books, information, and the internet for leisure and learning alike.
"Parbold is a large village and people here value their library very highly as it provides these important services on their doorstep.
"We're committed to reopening libraries wherever they've been closed, and I'm very pleased to be able to reopen Parbold Library and restore this service to the village.
"This marks another important milestone in our programme to reopen libraries, and I look forward to reopening many more over the coming months."
Councillor May Blake said: "Parbold Library provides an excellent service and has always been well used, whether by those going in to browse for an interesting read, people needing to access the internet, or children and parents working their way through everything by the child's favourite author.
"People here really value Parbold Library and I'm very pleased to be here today to see it reopen. We couldn't be happier to have it back again."
Lancashire County Council's cabinet has so far made decisions to reopen 13 libraries, and agreed to transfer the ownership of a further six libraries to local organisations which will operate them as independent community libraries. The county council is continuing work towards reopening libraries in all of the areas where libraries were closed.
Opening hours for Parbold Library are as follows:
You can find more about Lancashire County Council's Libraries and Archives here.
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