Temporary closures – Leyland and Coal Clough Libraries

Friday, December 17, 2021

Leyland Library and Coal Clough Library (Burnley) are closing for green improvements and essential maintenance work from today (Friday 17 December).

The work will include installation of measures to reduce the buildings' carbon footprint and repairs to the roofs.

These measures include converting the traditional lighting to LEDs, installing air source heat pumps to replace the current heating systems, and fitting solar panels to the roof.

The improvements will reduce the CO2 emissions at Leyland Library by 7.3 tonnes per year and the Coal Clough Library emissions by 6.3 tonnes per year.

These libraries will remain closed until the improvements are completed in spring 2022. Books can be returned to any other Lancashire library, renewed in person, by phone, or online during this time.

• Lostock Hall is the nearest alternative library for Leyland customers.
• Burnley Central is the nearest alternative library for Coal Clough customers.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We apologise for any inconvenience these temporary closures may cause.

"It's crucial that we maintain the roofs of these buildings and make them more environmentally friendly. A lot of work needs to be carried out as part of the improvements and it would be too much of a safety risk to leave them open to the public while this is being done.

"We've increased borrowing limits and waived fines at these libraries while they are closed. People can also use our excellent online library services, or a nearby alternative, until the work is completed."

The number of items that can be borrowed from Leyland and Coal Clough libraries has been increased from 20 to 40 in the lead up to the closures. Fines for overdue loans from these libraries will be waived while the buildings are shut.

County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: "This Government-funded scheme is a key part of our plans to make our libraries more energy-efficient.

"The county council operates a lot of buildings from libraries and offices to care homes and it's important we do all we can to make them more environmentally friendly.

"Making investments like this in our existing buildings and ensuring any future ones are greener will really have a positive impact on climate change as well as helping us to achieve carbon net zero."

You can renew books online at www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries , in person, or by phone via our 24-hour automated service 0300 123 6704 (library card number and PIN required). You can also call our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 6703.
Final library reopening dates for Leyland and Coal Clough have not yet been confirmed, but will be publicised on the Lancashire Libraries website and Twitter page as soon as they are finalised.

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