The opening hours at some local libraries have changed from today (Monday 2 July).
You can check if there have been any changes to the opening hours at your local library by visiting www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries
Each library has been allocated to one of four different bands depending upon local need, so that the library opening hours are proportionate to the population that each library is serving:
Band One – Open for 50 hours over six days every week
Band Two – Open for 42 hours over six days every week
Band Three – Open for 34 hours over five days every week
Band Four – Open for 18 hours over four days every week
Overall the proposal means that libraries across the county will be open for more hours in total than at present. The implementation of consistent working hours will also result in a service budget saving.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said:”The changes to the opening hours at libraries are in response to some very useful feedback we received during our consultation.
“We are very aware that people in local areas have detailed knowledge about what would work best for them, and we’ve responded to this as much as we could. Wherever possible we’ve opened libraries on the days and times people told us that they would prefer to use them.
“The changed opening hours also make sure that the service provided to residents is as streamlined and efficient as possible. Libraries will now be open for more hours in total across the county at a reduced total cost, in order to better meet the demand with the resources we have. There will be no difference in the quality of service between bands.”
A 24/7 virtual digital online service is also available providing a downloadable library of fiction and non-fiction in both eBook and eAudio format. A range of subscription reference resources are also available to all library members. These support homework, study and provide information including news, local history, business, music, government publications, encyclopaedias and dictionaries.
Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. It’s free and there are no age restrictions.
For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries.
More information about the online digital library services is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/digital-library.
Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.