Decision on future of Earby Library

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed the proposals about the future of Earby Library at its meeting held yesterday (Thursday 8 March).

Plans were previously agreed for the phased reopening of 18 libraries. The majority of these will be run by the county council, and some will be run as independent community libraries.

Earby Library was among those libraries about which decisions had been deferred to allow time for further consideration.

The library had been declared surplus to requirements following decisions taken by the council's previous administration and were closed to the public in September 2016.

The cabinet had previously given permission for a feasibility study to consider the costs and other implications of re-establishing Earby library in the New Road Community Centre rather than in the former library building.

The decision taken today 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 mobile library service will also operate as soon as possible in Earby, while the necessary work is being carried out to set up the library at the New Road Community Centre. The mobile library will be located on Victoria Road, near to the Pendle Borough Buildings and the bus turning circle, and will visit every two weeks after it has commenced in this location.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I firmly take the view that libraries are a vital service at the heart of our communities, offering free access to books and information. They are also a place where communities can get together.

"We have committed to reopening libraries where they've been closed, whether they're run by the county council or independently by community organisations, and we are grateful to all the voluntary and community groups who have shown such commitment to the library service and its future development.

"It was always our intention to reopen a library service in Earby. Unfortunately the building where it had been based is not in good condition and isn't well-suited to operating a modern library service. To address this, I had discussions with members of the community and local councillors. Following these conversations, we carried out a feasibility study to look at the possibility of reopening the library in the nearby community centre.

"We have now considered all the information and are able to agree to the proposals. There is lot of work required to convert part of the community centre to make it suitable for library use. At this stage, we don't know exactly how long this will take, so as a temporary measure and whilst the work is being carried out, we are planning to extend the mobile library service to introduce a new fortnightly stopping point in Earby."


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