Reduced hours for the temporary mobile library in St Anne's

Monday, August 20, 2018

The temporary library service for St Anne's is due to close earlier on Saturdays from next month.



From Saturday 1 September the library in a mobile unit located at the Public Offices, 288 Clifton Drive South, will close at 1pm.

Revised opening times for the library will be:

Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm

The mobile unit is currently operating to ensure that people have access to library services whilst a significant amount of vital structural repair work and renovation is being carried out to the grade 2 listed Carnegie St Anne's Library building.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "Since the mobile unit started running in March, we have been closely monitoring usage.

"It is apparent that Saturday afternoons are not well attended and so we have taken the decision to close the mobile unit at 1pm on Saturdays, starting from September 1.

"We will ensure the mobile unit remains open at times when it is busier and most needed whilst repair work progresses to the main St Anne's Library building."

The nearest alternative libraries that will be open after 1pm on a Saturday afternoon are:

• Ansdell Library (59 Commonside, Ansdell) – 0300 123 6703 or ansdell.library@lancashire.gov.uk

• Kirkham Library (Station Road) – 0300 123 6703 or kirkham.library@lancashire.gov.uk

Ansdell and Kirkham libraries will remain opening for longer to ensure access to a full library service, and this will continue until St Annes library reopens.

The mobile vehicle carries a wide range of books to suit all tastes. The titles are changed regularly, with new ones added frequently. Books can also be ordered, just the same as in a static library. A variety of audio books are also available.

The unit is fully accessible for people with mobility problems and disabilities. It is fitted with low rise stairs and a passenger lift for easy access so that customers can board to select their own books.

It will remain at this location until the work at the main library building has been completed. Areas of the library that are being repaired include the masonry windows, foundations to the 1930s extension, weather sealing, roof trusses and the cupola.

As the library is more than 110 years old and Grade II listed, the very specific requirements for this Carnegie building are complex and work is expected to be completed in December. If this planned work is achieved by December, it is anticipated that the library should reopen in January 2019.

Every effort is being made to get these important works finished as soon as possible so that the library can be reopened safely to the public. Regular progress updates are available on the county council website and on an information board which has been installed on the fencing outside the site.

A registration officer is also currently based in the Adult Social Services office building on Hastings Place, Lytham. This is in addition to the registration services that are already provided across Lancashire and the main base which is located at Preston Registration Office on Bow Lane, Preston. This arrangement has also been put in place following the temporary closure of St Anne's Library.

All library members can use their cards at any library in Lancashire.

Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.

The Lancashire registration service records all the births and deaths in the county and performs over 3,800 marriages each year.

For more information call 0300 123 6705 or email registrarslancashire@lancashire.gov.uk

Alternatively visit www.lancashire.gov.uk and search for 'Register a birth, death or marriage'.

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