Libraries

(updated 10 September 2021)

We are pleased to welcome you back to our libraries. Find out more about library services, including joining, renewals, charges, home library service, mobile libraries, reading groups and services to music and drama groups.

Most legal restrictions to control Covid-19 have now been lifted. However, Covid-19 has not gone away, so it is important to be aware of the steps you can take to keep you and others safe. In order to mitigate the risk of both contracting and spreading Covid-19 in Lancashire we will continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Full details on how to stay safe is available on Gov.UK

How to get tested in Lancashire.

If you have any of the coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate straightway and get a PCR test. You must continue to isolate if you test positive or are told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace. 

In libraries to protect our customers and staff.

Our staff:

  • may choose to wear a face covering
  • will respect other people's personal space and keep a safe distance
  • will use hand sanitiser and wipe down high touch areas
  • will keep spaces well ventilated

We encourage customers and visitors to:

  • continue to wear a face covering if you are able to do so
  • use hand sanitiser
  • respect other people's personal space and keep to a safe distance
  • avoid visiting while self-isolating or whilst showing any Covid-19 symptoms

All our libraries will be open for their usual opening hours except that they will close for lunch from 1pm-2pm. The lunch hour will not apply if the library is opening later, for example 1pm-7pm. From Monday 4 October most libraries will no longer close for lunch. Find your local library.

If you aren't able to visit a library we've got lots of great things for you in Your library at home.

Temporary library closures for essential work

Some of our libraries need to have essential work carried out to support their computers. Unfortunately, a few will need to close temporarily for this work to be carried out. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Please be aware that these arrangements may change at short notice due to circumstances beyond our control:

  • There are currently no closures planned.

Further information

 

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. 

Our public computers are available for use but maintaining social distancing and keeping Covid-19 safe means we don't have as many available at the moment. You can book a one-hour session by emailing your library, 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. Staff will clean the computers regularly during the day. Find your local library.

If no-one else is waiting to use a public computer we may be able to extend your session by an extra 30 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.

Free Wi-Fi is available in all our libraries. 

Printing and photocopying facilities are available in all our libraries.

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

CD and DVD loans are being re-introduced. Stock is being centrally located and will not be available at libraries. You can reserve your CD or DVD at no cost and we will supply as quickly as possible.

We are re-introducing events and activities in our libraries. Ask in your local library for details. Find your local library.