Celebrations as Barrowford Library reopens

Monday, January 22, 2018

Lancashire County Council's flagship programme to reopen libraries which closed over a year ago marked another milestone today as Barrowford Library became the latest to reopen.

The library on Ann Street was reopened this morning (Monday 22 January) by County Councillor Christian Wakeford, who represents the local area.

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 2017, and has decided to re-open as many libraries as possible.

Plans have been agreed for the phased reopening of libraries, and Barrowford is the
eighth to reopen following the reopening of Silverdale library, Parbold library, Burnley Campus Library, Bolton-le-Sands Library, and Fulwood Library in late 2017, and Freckleton Library and Oswaldtwistle Library earlier this month.

More are due to reopen over the coming weeks.

County Councillor Wakeford said: "I'm very happy to be reopening Barrowford Library today. People in the village really value their library and have missed it while it has been closed.

"Particularly in a small community like Barrowford, a library is far more than just a building full of books. It's a community hub that brings people of all ages together, providing opportunities for social interaction, and information about events and activities."

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "Local libraries are one of the most valued services provided by the county council and perform a vital function, giving people free access to books, information, and the internet for leisure and learning.

"Libraries provide these important services on our doorstep, and it's clear to see from the many people who have come along today how much people in Barrowford value theirs.

"We're committed to reopening libraries and this marks another important step in our programme of reopening libraries across Lancashire. I look forward to reopening more over the coming weeks."

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-run libraries. The county council is continuing work towards reopening libraries in all of the areas where libraries were closed.

Opening times for Barrowford Library are:

Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9am to 1pm
Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Sunday Closed

You can find out more about Lancashire County Council's Libraries and Archives at www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries.

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