Lancashire County Council is considering the results of a detailed survey to inform repairs needed to St Annes Library.
The library had to be closed in August 2017 after some plaster fell from the ceiling. It had been due to be closed later that year for survey work, but the unexpected event meant the library had to be closed for safety and the survey work brought forward.
As the library is over 110 years old and Grade 2 listed, specialist heritage surveyors have had to be brought in to support county surveyors to undertake the work.
An initial survey has now been completed, with the results being considered by the council’s design team to identify the work needed before the library can reopen.
Areas under consideration include the masonry windows, foundations to the 1930s extension, weather sealing, roof trusses and the cupola. Due to the nature of the findings in the initial survey, it has been necessary to undertake a secondary survey of the building’s foundations.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “We’re sorry for the continued disruption caused by the unexpected closure of St Annes Library last year and I know that local residents are keen to learn how things are progressing.
“It has taken some time to commission and carry out these specialist heritage surveys, which are necessary because of the age of the building and the fact that it is Grade 2 listed. I’m pleased we’re now nearly at the point of fully identifying all the repairs that are needed.
“So far we’ve had the results of the initial survey, but it has been found necessary to undertake a further investigation of the foundations. Our design team will continue to work closely with the surveyors, identify all the work needed, and propose a comprehensive scheme of repairs.
“At this stage, we do not know exactly how long it will take to complete the repairs, but we will continue to keep people updated as soon as we know more.”
Opening hours have been extended at Ansdell Library and Kirkham Library to cover the hours St Annes would normally be open.
You can find out more at www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries.