Coronavirus: Libraries, archives and museums


(updated 25 March 2020)

All our libraries are closed until further notice, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This includes our mobile library service, home library service and school library service.

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.

Where possible, we are renewing items to the first week in June.

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

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.

Home library service

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

We had hoped to continue to provide this service, but the situation is changing at such a fast pace. We need to follow national advice to limit contact between people.

We are working closely with the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership to provide replacement telephone befriending support for home library service customers.


(updated 25 March 2020)

The Archives service is closed until further notice, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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


(updated 24 March 2020)

Ribble Valley Council's Clitheroe Castle Museum are 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.