Monday, December 11, 2017
Lancashire County Council's flagship programme to reopen libraries which closed over a year ago marked another milestone today as Fulwood Library became the latest to reopen to the public.
The library on Garstang Road, Preston, was reopened this morning (Monday 11 December) by County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, and 12-year-old Oliver J Porter, a keen local library user.
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, and Fulwood became the fifth to reopen following the reopening of Silverdale library, Parbold library, Burnley Campus Library, and Bolton-le-Sands Library. Many more are due to reopen over the coming months.
County Councillor Driver said: "People value their local libraries very highly as they provide a vital service, offering free access to books, information, and the internet.
"Having a library within easy reach makes all the difference to people's ability to be able to use it, for children to do their homework, borrow a book, or someone who doesn't have the internet at home to be able to carry out tasks online.
"Fulwood Library serves a very large community in the north of Preston and villages beyond, and I'm very pleased to be able to reopen it today, alongside Oliver Porter, who has always been a very keen library user and has been one of the strongest advocates for it to stay open.
"This marks another important milestone in our programme to reopen libraries, and I look forward to reopening many more over the coming months."
Oliver J Porter joined Fulwood Library when just a few weeks old and made regular visits with friends from 1st Broughton Scouts to borrow books and DVDs, attend book clubs, and use the IT facilities for research after school. He refused to attend the 'final farewell' party when the library closed, insisting there was no point as it would only be closed for a while and definitely reopen again soon.
He said: "I feel very proud to have been involved in the re-opening ceremony and cannot wait to start using the library again.
"It means my friends and I can walk to the library on our own again instead of having to go in the car to libraries in other areas."
Lancashire County Council's cabinet has so far made decisions to reopen 13 libraries, and agreed to transfer the ownership of a further seven 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 times for Fulwood Library will be:
Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 1pm
Wednesday 9am – 7pm
Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
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