Plans agreed to reopen Chatburn Library

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A date has been set for the latest library to be reopened by Lancashire County Council.

Chatburn Library in the Ribble Valley will be reopened with a special event at 1pm on July 1 by County Councillor Albert Atkinson, who represents the area.

At its meeting held on Thursday 11 April, cabinet agreed a proposal to reopen the library and reinstate the running of it from Chatburn Church of England Primary School, on Sawley Road.

Work needed at the school to make it suitable for use as a library started on Tuesday 7 May.

Under the previous administration 26 of the county's 73 libraries were closed towards the end of 2016.

A new administration was elected in May 2017, and decided to re-open as many libraries as possible under a phased programme.

Chatburn will be the 16th library to be reopened by the council, with a further four reopened as independent community libraries.

Once Chatburn Library has reopened, visitors will be able to choose from around 3,500 books as well as have access to other online library and archives services, via two computers. Free internet access will also be available.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "Libraries are a vital service at the heart of our communities, offering free access to books and information, as well as being a place where communities can get together.

"It was always the intention to reopen a library service in Chatburn. Following the Cabinet decision, this work has already started and it is our firm intention to open the library as soon as we can so that local people can benefit from it once again."

County Councillor Atkinson said: "We're very glad to be getting our library back and I'm delighted to be given the honour of reopening it soon.

"Libraries are one of the most important services we deliver, and they are very highly valued by Lancashire's communities.

"People in this local community have really missed their library and I couldn't be more pleased that we are delivering on our commitment to reopen it.

"Libraries allow everyone, whatever their circumstances, to be able to access books and information on their doorstep.

"They're also somewhere that people can meet, and all ages can interact and share interests, which means they also play a vital role in helping people to maintain their health and wellbeing."

Opening times for Chatburn Library will be:

Monday 1pm to 5pm
Tuesday 1pm to 7pm
Wednesday Closed all day
Thursday 9am to 1pm
Friday Closed all day
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Sunday Closed all day

Further announcements will be made about other library reopenings in due course.

You can find out more about Lancashire County Council's libraries by phoning 0300 123 6703, or at

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.


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