Coronavirus: Libraries

(Updated 29 October 2020)

All our libraries remain open. Any future closures or additional restrictions to libraries will be dependent on consultation with the Government. Read the latest update about coronavirus restrictions in Lancashire.

We have now opened all libraries with the exception of Savick. You can browse and borrow without an appointment, but may have to queue. If you only want to return books, you can drop them into a returned books container during the revised library opening hours, without an appointment or entering the library building.

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Six of the best

This service allows you to arrange a collection time for a bag of up to six books which our library staff will select for you. Complete the request form or phone 0300 123 6703, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, to arrange a collection. We'll pick up to six books for you to collect safely from the library. We can't guarantee that you will get books you like or haven't previously read but we will try our best. Books will be in a paper bag, issued to you, ready for you to take away. We are sorry, but you cannot ask to exchange or swap any and have to take the selection you are given.

Browse and borrow

Following a strict one way system and social distancing guidelines you can browse, select and borrow books. We encourage you to spend no more than 30 minutes on your visit to allow others access to the library.

Public computers

Our public computers are available but to be able to maintain social distancing and keep covid safe we don't have as many available at the moment. You can book a 45-minute session by emailing us, phoning 0300 123 6703 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or visiting a library. One booking per day is allowed and bookings may be made up to one week in advance. Computer sessions start on the hour when the library is open. All computers are cleaned between sessions.

If no-one else is waiting to use a public computer we may be able to extend your 45 minute session by an extra 15 minutes if you ask us.

Should you need another session later during the same day, you can book one provided there is a session available.

We would appreciate your cooperation with our staff so that this can work fairly for everyone.

Study space

In some of our libraries we have been able to make a space available for you to sit and study or use our free Wi-Fi.

Please ask your local library for details as arrangements vary depending upon the amount of space available.

We would appreciate your cooperation with our staff so that this can work fairly for everyone.

Guidance for visiting a library:

  • Please read the guidelines carefully before visiting a library.  
  • Do not visit a library if you are self-isolating or showing any symptoms of COVID 19
  • No unaccompanied children are allowed under the age of 12.
  • You should collect a six of the best selection alone.
  • You should attend to use a public computer alone
  • When you return books please maintain social distancing, wait in the queue and follow instructions from staff.
  • Everyone coming to browse and borrow or use a public computer must wear a face covering. Exemptions to wearing a face covering.

Further information

As part of the NHS Test and Trace service we will be keeping a temporary record of your name and contact details for 21 days. We will ask you to provide details before you enter the library.

You will be able to download the NHS COVID-19 app and scan a QR code when visiting. The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check into venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.

If you cannot, or choose not, to download the app our staff will take your details.

When you visit the library you will be asked to join the queue and respect social distancing. A member of staff will check your details, and with your agreement record them for the NHS Test and Trace system, then direct you to the route inside the building. The layout will be different from what you will have been used to. Where possible, there will be separate entrances and exits.

This service allows you to arrange a collection time for a bag of up to six books which our library staff will select for you.

Complete the request form with details of the type of book you like to read and the number you would like to collect or phone 0300 123 6703, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, to arrange a collection. We aim to find you books that you will really enjoy reading, and maybe to introduce you to some new authors. (If this does not appeal and you only want a specific title please logging to your account and place a reservation for collection at one of the open libraries, and we will do our best to supply).

We can't guarantee you won't have read any of them previously. We aim to let you know within five working days when your books will be ready to collect.

You may request Six of the best selections for up to four people.

You can return books at any time during our revised opening hours. You may have to queue and will need to maintain social distancing. Staff will direct you on how to return your books. All books will be quarantined for 72 hours before going back on the shelves.

We recommend that books are renewed before Tuesday 1 December when overdue charges will be reinstated.

We are not currently lending DVDs or CDs. We hope to offer this service soon.

Please be kind to our library staff. Lancashire County Council operates a zero tolerance policy for aggressive, abusive or threatening behaviour. Action will be taken against anyone who is abusive or aggressive which may include permanent exclusion from all of our libraries. 

We appreciate that many of you will have reserved books. We are now processing outstanding reservations and you will be notified when you can collect them. You may receive an automated notification from Library Elf.

All book reservations collected after Tuesday 1 December will incur the 75p charge.

Charges for overdue books and reservations will be reinstated from Tuesday 1 December.

Charges will be made for printing and photocopying.

We are following guidance from Public Health England. We are quarantining returned books for 72 hours, staff will be washing their hands regularly and making sure they do this before handling books.

Our libraries are designated as Covid secure and we are following national guidance on safety and cleanliness. Hand sanitiser will be available. Please follow the instructions of the staff to ensure we all stay safe.

Public computers, printing and photocopying is available at all open libraries. You may have to queue before entering the library.

Our public computers are available but to be able to maintain social distancing and keep Covid safe we don't have as many available at the moment. You can book a 45-minute session by emailing us, phoning 0300 123 6703 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or visiting a library. One booking per day is allowed and bookings may be made up to one week in advance. Computer sessions start on the hour when the library is open. All computers are cleaned between sessions.

If no-one else is waiting to use a public computer we may be able to extend your 45 minute session by an extra 15 minutes if you ask us.

Should you need another session later during the same day, you can book one provided there is a session available.

We would appreciate your cooperation with our staff so that this can work fairly for everyone.

In some of our libraries we have been able to make a space available for you to sit and study or use our free Wi-Fi.

Please ask your local library for details as arrangements vary depending upon the amount of space available.

We would appreciate your cooperation with our staff so that this can work fairly for everyone.