Lancashire County Council is resuming its mobile library service on a phased basis.
From today, Monday, 17 August, the mobile library based at Garstang will be available for residents along its new, revised routes.
Because of the current coronavirus restrictions and social distancing, visits to the mobile library will be limited to one person or household at a time at each stop.
Customers will be required to wear a face covering whilst they are using the mobile library, unless they are exempt. Children under 11 will also not be required to wear a face covering.
Existing customers have been contacted to let them know that the service will be available again.
The mobile library service based at Heysham will resume on Monday, 7 September.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I am pleased that we are now able to welcome some of our mobile library service customers back.
“We know how important the service is as it enables Lancashire residents to access some of the library stock where they live.
“Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels where we will announce further details of our valued mobile library service being available in other areas.”
The mobile libraries carry a wide range of books to suit all tastes. The titles are changed regularly, with new ones being added frequently. Books can also be ordered, just the same as in a static library. A variety of audio books and CD’s are also available.
They are fully accessible for people with mobility problems and disabilities. Each vehicle is fitted with low rise stairs and a passenger lift for easy access so that customers can board to select their own books.
New customers are always welcome and you can join simply by going to the vehicle to be signed up.
The county council will also be reopening 14 more of its libraries on Wednesday 19 August, but people will need to book an appointment before visiting.
The further 14 libraries are: Bacup; Barnoldswick; Brierfield; Clayton Green; Fleetwood; Freckleton; Great Harwood; Heysham; Lancaster; Longridge; Lostock Hall; Ormskirk; Ribbleton and St. Anne’s.
Already libraries in Accrington; Ansdell; Chorley; Coal Clough; Fulwood; Garstang; Leyland; Morecambe; Nelson; Rawtenstall; Skelmersdale and Whalley have reopened.
The opening hours of the libraries will be Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
Public computers will also be available to customers, but will have to be booked in advance to ensure social distancing. Access to printers and photocopiers will also be available.
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. Anne’s. The Harris in Preston will also be open each Saturday between 10:30am and 3:30pm.
For more information about the mobile library service and its routes, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries.
The online system to book an appointment to visit a Lancashire library is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/libraries
For those who can’t book online, appointments can be made by calling 0300 123 6703.