Friday, June 21, 2019
Preparations to reopen Lytham Library are progressing well.
Following successful negotiations a lease has been signed by Lancashire County Council to run the library at the town's Assembly Rooms.
The Assembly Rooms are let on a long lease to Lytham Town Trust.
A contractor has also started work to make the building ready for library customers.
This includes installing a new floor and suspended ceiling in part of the building, painting and decorating, installing new furniture and shelving, and electrical work to install new light fittings.
The library will also have an ICT system installed, so people can make use of the internet as well as take out and renew library materials using the latest technology.
Repairs to the car park and levelling access to the existing door is also planned.
In addition, Lytham Town Trust has installed a new boiler and refurbished the communal and disabled toilets. The Ribble Room in the Assembly Rooms, which is managed by Lytham Town Trust, will continue to be available for community use.
The library service is planning to open the library to customers as soon as work has been completed, with a reopening date set to be announced in coming weeks.
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.
Lytham will be the 17th library to be reopened by the council, with a further four reopened as independent community libraries.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I am absolutely delighted that Lytham will soon have a Library open once again.
"Libraries are a really important service for local communities and it is wonderful to see that so many have now reopened.
"They allow everyone, whatever their circumstances, the opportunity to access books and information on their doorstep.
"They are also places where 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."
Anyone who lives or works in Lancashire can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.
More information about Lancashire libraries is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries, or by calling 0300 123 6703.