More libraries to reopen in Lancashire

Fourteen more Lancashire libraries will be opened on Wednesday, August 19, but people will need to book an appointment before visiting.

Saturday, 15th August 2020, 12:30 pm
St Annes Library will be among those reopening

The libraries are: Bacup; Barnoldswick; Brierfield; Clayton Green; Fleetwood; Freckleton; Great Harwood; Heysham; Lancaster; Longridge; Lostock Hall; Ormskirk; Ribbleton and St Annes.

Already libraries in Accrington; Ansdell; Chorley; Coal Clough; Fulwood; Garstang; Leyland; Morecambe; Nelson; Rawtenstall; Skelmersdale and Whalley have reopened.

The opening hours will be Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

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There are also plans to open eight libraries on a Saturday between 10am and 2pm from August 22. These are: Accrington, Chorley, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Leyland, Rawtenstall, Skelmersdale and St Annes. The Harris in Preston will also be open each Saturday between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

From Wednesday, August 12, appointments can be booked to use the Six of the Best Service or a slot for the Browse and Borrow Service from August 19, at the libraries.

The Browse and Borrow Service means that customers are able to come into the library for a pre-booked 30 minute period and choose up to 20 books.

Customers using the Six of the Best Service can collect a selection of up to six books chosen by library staff at a pre-booked appointment time.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “It is such good news that we are now able to welcome our customers back into 14 more of our libraries.”

To book an appointment, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/libraries

Appointments can also be made by calling 0300 123 6703.

As other libraries will remain closed for now, customers can make an appointment to visit any of the libraries that are open, even if it isn’t their local library.

Anyone wanting to return books can do this by placing them in the returned books container at the entrance of the libraries that are open.

Customers will not be charged for any overdue items. Library users are being asked to hold onto their books until they can return them to an open library and not try to post them through letter boxes or leave them outside libraries. Books can be renewed online or by calling 0300 123 6704.