Libraries

(updated 16 July 2021)

Step 4 of the Roadmap out of lockdown starts on Monday 19 July when most legal restrictions to control Covid-19 will be lifted. In order to mitigate the risk of both contracting and spreading Covid-19 in Lancashire we will continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Read the full government guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July.

In libraries to protect our customers and staff.

Our staff will:

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

We ask customers and visitors to:

  • continue to wear a face covering, unless exempt. Exemptions to wearing a face covering.
  • use hand sanitiser
  • respect other people's personal space and keep to a safe distance
  • avoid visiting the library while self-isolating or whilst showing any Covid-19 symptoms
  • participate in the NHS Test and Trace scheme

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.

You can visit the library without an appointment. We will be limiting the number of people in the library to maintain Covid safety and social distancing from people you don't know.

If you still want to use our Six of the Best collection service you can complete the online request form or email your library 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. 

45-minute sessions on public computers are available on the hour on a first come first served basis.

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.

We aren't delivering any of our usual activities in our libraries at the moment but following the move to step 4 of the government roadmap we will start to re-introduce some of our activities (such as Baby Bounce and Rhyme and Learn My Way) in some of our libraries, making sure we can do this in a safe way.

Please help us by renewing online or using the automated phone line 0300 123 6704 if you cannot visit the library.

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:

  • Heysham Thursday 29 July
  • Lytham Monday 2 August
  • Morecambe Tuesday 3 August
  • Morecambe Wednesday 4 August
  • Fleetwood Thursday 5 August
  • Burnley Monday 9 August
  • Burnley Tuesday 10 August
  • Ormskirk Wednesday 11 August
  • Clitheroe Monday 16 August
  • Clitheroe Tuesday 17 August

Savick library will be operating from Preston West Children's Centre from Monday 7 June. Book borrowing and return will be available. Find the opening times.

Online services

You can join Lancashire libraries by completing this joining form.

We've got lots of great things for you in Your library at home.

Download free eBooks, eAudio, newspapers, magazines and comics using BorrowBox, OverDrive and PressReader.

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.

Try a digital quiz, jigsaw, crossword or word search.

Home library service

(updated 13 May 2021)

Delivery by volunteers and library delivery drivers is continuing. Over 400 of our home library service customers across the county continue to receive new bags of books chosen by staff and delivered by volunteers or our library service drivers on a regular basis. 

 

Reading groups

(updated 13 May 2021)

We are pleased to announce that following a review of services affected by the coronavirus it has been agreed that we can offer reading group sets for collection to our members.

This offer only applies to the supply of books for groups to collect. We continue to be unable to allow groups to meet in libraries in line with current guidance from Lancashire County Council.

For those groups who want to have their next set of chosen titles sent to their nominated pickup library please contact readinggroups@lancashire.gov.uk.

If you have sets to return you can now do so via your nearest open library. Find a library.

Mobile library service

(updated 13 May 2021)

The mobiles based at Brierfield, Clayton Green, Garstang, Heysham and Ormskirk are all operational.

From 12 April 2021 visits will be limited to one person at a time on the mobile at each stop. Customers will be able to browse the stock and make their own choice.

Please be aware that this may make the stops last longer and affect the times of arrival and departure.

Customers will be asked to wear a face covering unless you are exempt. 

A timetable of the mobile routes will be available here once we have fully tested the timing of our new routes.

Music and drama collections 

(updated 13 May 2021)

Subscribing societies can request sets from our music and drama collections by making requests online. This service also includes supplying sets from other library authorities currently participating in the inter library loan scheme.

If you have sets to return you can now do so via your nearest library or directly to Lostock Hall library. Find a library

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer an onsite browsing service at Lostock Hall library because of restrictions on building capacity due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Further information

We continue to participate in the NHS Test and Trace service. 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 can take your details.

This service allows you to arrange a collection of a bag of up to six books which our library staff will select for you. Proving hugely popular during lockdown we are continuing this service. Find out more and read comments from our readers.

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 log into 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.

From 19 July we will no longer be quarantining books. You can return books at any time during our opening hours. Staff will direct you on how to return your books.

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 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.

45 minute sessions on public computers are available on the hour on a first come first served basis. Sessions can be pre-booked.

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.

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. 

Our libraries have been designated as Covid-19 secure and we are following Lancashire County Council guidance on safety and cleanliness. We will continue to maintain limits on the number of people allowed into our buildings. These numbers are being reviewed. Hand sanitiser is available. Please follow staff instructions, signage and directions and maintain appropriate distancing to ensure we all stay safe.

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. You may be able to consult some of our local history resources in these study spaces. 

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.

 

We aren't delivering any of our usual activities in our libraries at the moment but following the move to step 3 of the government roadmap we will start to re-introduce some of our activities (such as Baby Bounce and Rhyme and Learn My Way) in some of our libraries, making sure we can do this in a safe way and so that following step 4 of the government roadmap we can move closer to our usual library service offer. 

Read the full roadmap details.

The mobiles based at Brierfield, Clayton Green, Garstang, Heysham and Ormskirk are all operational.

Visits are limited to one person at a time on the mobile at each stop. Our customers are able to browse the stock and make their own choice.

Please be aware that this may make the stops last longer and affect the times of arrival and departure.

All our existing customers for these mobiles have been contacted to let them know the service has started again. Customers will be asked to wear a face covering. Exemptions to wearing a face covering.

A timetable of the mobile routes will be available here once we have fully tested the timing of our new routes.   

Subscribing societies can request sets from our music and drama collections by making requests online. This service also includes supplying sets from other library authorities currently participating in the inter library loan scheme.

If you have sets to return you can now do so via your nearest library or directly to Lostock Hall library. Find a library.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer an onsite browsing service at Lostock Hall library because of restrictions on building capacity due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

We are pleased to announce that following a review of services affected by the coronavirus it has been agreed that we can offer reading group sets for collection to our members.

This offer only applies to the supply of books for groups to collect and we continue to be unable to allow groups to meet in libraries in line with current guidance from the Government.

For those groups who want to have their next set of chosen titles sent to their nominated pickup library please contact readinggroups@lancashire.gov.uk.

If you have sets to return you can now do so via your nearest library. Find a library.

Self-service machines will be in use from Tuesday 4 May and include a card payment option. The machines will be Covid-19 safe.