All libraries, including mobiles (LCC run) across Lancashire will close at 5pm on Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The council is doing all it can to maintain as many of its services as possible, but due to the extraordinary nature of the coronavirus crisis, many services are likely to be affected – but we will ensure the people of Lancashire are kept informed and updated.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the right thing to do for the people of Lancashire.During the time that libraries are closed, Lancashire’s library members will still be able to download eBooks and audiobooks using BorrowBox, which is available at any time. We will also continue to provide a home library service – but will have more details on how this will work in due course.

County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “We are sorry to have to take these measures due to the COVID19 outbreak but I’m sure residents will agree it is in the best interests of the people of Lancashire and our staff.

No customers will be charged for the late return of any items during the period that the libraries are closed. Customers will not be required to renew their items during this period. Library users are being asked to hold onto their books and not try to post them through letter boxes or leave them outside libraries.

BorrowBox is an application allowing library members to download eBooks and audiobooks. It has a wide ranging and extensive collection of around 8000 eBooks and 5000 audiobooks. It includes a dedicated eBook reader and audiobook player and can be installed on mobile devices for free. Using this app, people can browse, download and read items 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The app is available for Apple and Android phones, tablets and Kindle Fire. The service can also be accessed on a PC or laptop.

We have an extensive range of online reference sources in our Digital Library which can be accessed for free using your library membership number. Included are resources for homework, study and research including The Times Digital Archive, NewsBank, Oxford Music Online, World Book Online. For those interested in local Lancashire history Red Rose Collections is an archive including over thirty thousand digitised images.

The service Ask a librarian, where our librarians staff a web-based enquiry service on Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm will continue. Out of those hours you can submit a question and we’ll get back to you the next working day.