Reopening libraries

The cabinet has made the decision to reopen libraries which closed in 2016, wherever possible. 

The following libraries have now reopened:

We are also supporting communities to run their own community libraries.

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Library membership

Join a library

You can apply to join a library online or at your local library. It's free to join and there are no age restrictions.

Update your details

If you already have a library card you can update your details if they have changed or you would like to change which library your reserved books go to.

Account expiry

Your library account will expire every three years and will need renewing for you to continue to use our services. If you don't regularly visit your local library, you may be unaware of this. To check your account expiry date log into your account and go to 'Settings'.

To reset your account expiry date, or to re-activate your account if it has expired you can update your details, call into a library or telephone 0300 123 6703.

Decisions and updates

We are still working to bring Lytham library to the Assembly Rooms and are  ensuring that the necessary legal agreements are all in place. Work will then need to be carried out within the building.

We're currently looking to open the library there next year, and we'll let you know an opening date once this is clearer.

On 14 June, the Cabinet agreed plans to run Lytham library from the Assembly Rooms on Dicconson Terrace.

This decision took account of the installation cost, ongoing premises cost and liability, the needs of the community and the service requirements to run a sustainable and efficient library. We also liaised with Fylde Borough Council as owners of both the Assembly Rooms and Lytham Institute buildings.

The Assembly Rooms are owned by Fylde Borough Council and operated by Lytham Town Trust.

The three options that Cabinet considered were the future running of the library from the Assembly Rooms, the Lytham Institute or the Lancashire County Council offices on Hastings Place. The Friends of Lytham Library and Institute and the Lytham Town Trust both submitted business cases .These were considered as part of the work that was done by officers to assess the suitability of potential locations for a modern library service

The option to reopen the library at the Assembly Rooms costs less than half the amount to reopen at Lytham Institute.

For more information view the report to Cabinet 14 June 2018.

The temporary mobile library vehicle for St Anne's will be briefly unavailable in October while it undergoes its compulsory annual service, prior to an MOT also being completed.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

St Anne's library is a highly valued asset in the local area as well as being a Grade 2 listed building and Carnegie library. In recognition of this, we have commissioned works to ensure that the library is in good condition and is able to continue to be used by the community.

The works taking place over the next few months are complex and will take some time to complete because of the very specific requirements relating to such a building.

We appreciate local concerns and would like to assure members of the community that every effort is being made to finish these important works so that St Anne's library is able to reopen safely to the public.

We are installing an information board on the fencing around the outside of the site whilst the works are ongoing and regular updates will be posted on our website.

Contractors are moving onsite in May and activity over the next few months will include:

  • Setting up the site to secure the area, protect the building and putting up scaffolding
  • Carrying out structural repairs to the walls, windows and roof trusses
  • Repairing external drains
  • Restoring the roof cupola
  • Weather sealing the building – waterproofing flat roofs
  • Renewing the plumbing and electrics
  • Restoring the inside of the building including the plaster work and painting
  • Fitting out the new library layout and public network computers
  • Re-stocking the books and getting ready to open.

A temporary mobile library service started on Monday 26 March at the Public Offices, 288 Clifton Drive South, St Anne's. The mobile unit will stay until the work at the library building has been completed. 

We have worked with Fylde Borough Council to find a suitable location for the temporary library to ensure people have access to library services.

Some of St Anne's services are being delivered from Ansdell library including collecting reserved items and some events (see events listings for details). Ansdell library and Kirkham library will continue to open additional hours while St Anne's library is closed.

The registration service is operating on a temporary basis from the Lancashire County Council Estates Office, Hastings Place, Lytham until St Anne's library reopens.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

On 17 August, the formal transfer of the former Trawden library from Lancashire County Council to the Trustees of Trawden Forest Community Centre was completed. The Trustees have successfully secured grants from various organisations to carry out some renovation work and furnish the building before opening the library, community shop and post office.

There are also plans to provide a range of support to reduce social isolation, help people find jobs, and learn digital skills.

Trawden library will be the third independent community-run library to open as part of the county council's flagship programme to reopen libraries.

 

On 9 August, Cabinet decided to reopen Bamber Bridge library as a county council run library service.  The Cabinet had previously approved in principle a proposal to transfer Bamber Bridge library to 1st Bamber Bridge Scouts, who planned to use the building as their new HQ, operate a community library and make space available for other community activities.

The decision to instead reopen the library as a county council-run facility was made after the Cabinet considered a report which outlined that while it was evident that the group run entirely by volunteers would make good use of the premises for their core Scouting activities, since the previous Cabinet decision in October 2017 the project has not progressed at the pace hoped for and the community library and the community library offer was not a viable proposition.

On 8 March, Cabinet agreed proposals about the future of Earby library. The decision agreed to the library being set up in the New Road Community Centre. This means that the future of the former Earby library building will be reviewed. The county council owns both of these buildings.

A new fortnightly mobile library service will also operate in Earby while the necessary work is being carried out to set up the library at the New Road Community Centre. Further details on stopping times and location will be available in due course.

On 8 March, the Cabinet agreed to complete the community asset transfer of Cleveleys library to the community organisation UR Potential. UR Potential proposes to establish an independent community-run library, make the buildings available for community use and provide opportunities for learning and activities to reduce social isolation.

On 7 December, Cabinet agreed the approval in principle of the community asset transfer (CAT) of the former Upholland library to Artz for All, a team of experienced professionals and volunteers from different sectors of the community. This was a difficult decision to make because there were two strong applications from local community organisations.

Artz for All provides quality creative opportunities and services to people, schools and organisations across West Lancashire. The organisation works predominantly with young people but also provides volunteering and creative services opportunities for adults. Activities will include drama, music and dance, photography, technical theatre and media make-up. The group will also establish an independent community-run library.

On 7 December, Cabinet agreed the completion of the community asset transfer (CAT) of Crawshawbooth library and Community Centre to the Crawshawbooth Community Association, along with the establishment of an independent community-run library. The Crawshawbooth Community Association has existed since the opening of the Centre in 1989 and has managed the centre on a day to day basis for six years. The Association serves the local community by providing a base, facilities and support for a wide range of community groups and individuals. The centre is used throughout the year by the community and it is planned to expand delivery further. The building also houses a pre-school and an out of school club that are both over-subscribed.

On 9 November, Cabinet approved turning down a proposal for a community asset transfer (CAT) for Rishton library and overturned the decision to make it surplus to county council requirements. Rishton library has remained operational and will now continue to stay open.

For more information view the report to Cabinet 9 November 2017.

As well as Earby and Lytham, further consideration is being given to library provision in Briercliffe, Rosegrove, Chatburn, Read and Northfleet. Find out more about the decisions made.