Community libraries

Some libraries are community-run and independent of the county council. 

Facilities and activities will be different across community libraries to meet the needs of the local area. 

Membership and services

Visit your local community library to join or contact them for more information.

You can be a member of both a community library and libraries run by the county council. However, you can not reserve items on our online catalogue for collection at community libraries.

Community libraries in Lancashire

The first two community libraries are now open, Clayton-le-Moors Community Library in Hyndburn and Crawshawbooth Community Library in Rossendale.

Progress is being made to establish community libraries at:

  • Upholland
  • Cleveleys
  • Penwortham (in the former young people's centre)
  • Pike Hill
  • Trawden

Lancashire County Council support

Where communities wanted to run their own library, we offered a package of support to help them become established. This includes a one-off payment of £5,000 to provide public internet access and cover set-up costs and providing shelving and an initial supply of books. A specially appointed community library manager is offering advice and guidance, including having an appropriate constitution, gaining charitable status, fund raising, setting milestones, stock management and training volunteers.