Coronavirus: Libraries, archives and museums


(updated 20 May 2020)

eligible employees can book a test directly for themselves or members of their household who are experiencing symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) or

Renewals and returns

You will not be charged for the late return of any items during the period that the libraries are closed.

Please hold onto any items you currently have on loan and do not try to post them through letter boxes or leave them outside libraries.

Please help us by renewing online or using the automated phone line 0300 123 6704.

Where possible, we are renewing items to the first week in October. If you have items that cannot be renewed please contact us with details and include your library card number.


If you had reserved items ready for collection at the time when libraries closed, these will still be awaiting collection when libraries re-open. All other reservations will be dealt with once libraries re-open and your position in any queue will be maintained.

Online services

To make sure we can cope with demand we are reducing to four eBook and four eAudio downloads per borrower, but we have increased the renewals from one to two. Remember you can still download about 8,000 eBooks and 5,000 audiobooks using BorrowBox, which is available at any time.

You can also use our online reference resources including information, facts and figures, family and local history, newspapers old and new, school homework and study, music and literature.

Take a look at Your library at home for things to do.

Home library service

(updated 28 April 2020)

The home library service has ceased until further notice due to the coronavirus.

A third of our home library service users have taken up Lancashire Volunteer Partnership's telephone befriending service. This means that a volunteer rings them on a regular basis to have a friendly chat and make sure they are well.

This service is available to all people in Lancashire who may feel lonely, isolated, vulnerable or in need of support. If you know someone who you feel would benefit from a welfare call why not refer them but please ask their permission first. You can find the referral form on the volunteer partnership's website.


(updated 20 May 2020)

The Archives service is closed until further notice, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. We are carefully following government guidance as it is issued and will continue to keep you updated about our plans including progress towards phased reopening.

We are still offering a remote archive service and answering enquiries as best we can without having access to our collections. We have had to suspend the copying service.

Information is on the website, our catalogues can be searched online using LANCAT and a lot of Lancashire parish registers are available online at Ancestry. 

We will still be producing our monthly News from the Archives which we can email to you if you contact

(8 May 2020)

We're creating a new COVID 19 pandemic archive collection so that future generations understand the effect of COVID19 on everyday life in Lancashire. Contributions are welcome from all ages including children.


(updated 20 May 2020)

We are carefully following government guidance as it is issued and will continue to keep you updated about our plans including progress towards phased reopening.

Ribble Valley Council's Clitheroe Castle Museum is closed until further notice. Guided tours of Lancaster Castle have also been suspended until further notice.

The reopening of Gawthorpe Hall, Helmshore Textile, Judges' Lodgings and Queen Street Mill museums will be postponed.