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St Anne’s Library gets ready to open its doors again

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St Anne’s Library will reopen on Monday 4 March at 9am following the completion of extensive specialist repair work to preserve the historic building.

The library will be reopened jointly by County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services and County Councillor Edward Nash.

As the library is over 110 years old and Grade II listed, specialist heritage surveyors had to be brought in to support county surveyors to carry out the work. The repairs have been ongoing since August 2017 after some plaster fell from the ceiling which meant the library had to be closed for safety reasons.

Areas where work has been carried out include the masonry, windows, foundations to the 1930s extension, weather sealing, roof trusses and the cupola.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I am absolutely delighted that our much treasured Carnegie Library will be reopening again very soon.

“This has been a massive job with many specialists involved and when opened we will have a fantastic library that will serve St Anne’s residents for many decades to come.

“The work required to a building of this age and nature has proved to be both time intensive and complex due to the very specific requirements and I would like to thank all those involved. The contractors have now finished on site and handed the building back to the county council to re-shelve over 11,000 books and configure the new PCs.

“In addition, the Local History collection will be in place and we will continue to provide newspapers and access to comprehensive online reference materials. The fiction and non-fiction stock has been refreshed and a significant buying and selection process carried out so that library users will have lots of new stock available to borrow.

The library opening hours will be:

Monday 9am -5pm
Tuesday 9am -5pm
Wednesday 9am -5pm
Thursday 9am -7pm
Friday 9am -5pm
Saturday 9am -5pm

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.

For more information, phone 0300 123 6703, or go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries

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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