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8:23am 15th October 2017

We're still waiting for a decision on the future of Earby library.

A feasibility study will look at the costs of reopening it in the nearby community centre. 

Lancashire County council discussed the future of Earby and Bamber Bridge libraries decisions had been deferred to allow time for further consideration.

The local scout group will take over Bamber Bridge library.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said:

"Libraries are a vital service at the heart of our communities, offering free access to books and information, as well as being a place where communities can get together.

"We have committed to reopening libraries where they've been closed, whether they're run by the county council or independently by community organisations, and we are grateful to all the voluntary and community groups who have shown such commitment to the library service and its future development.

"We have agreed in principle to transfer ownership of the Bamber Bridge Library building to the Scouts, and we'll work with them to ensure that the independent community library is delivered as soon as possible so that people have access to another library complementing the service operated by the county council.

"We also want to reopen a library service in Earby, however the building where it had been based is not in good condition and isn't well-suited to operating a modern library service. The feasibility study will look at the costs of reopening the library in the nearby community centre, which the county council also owns, so that we have all the information we need before making the final decision."

The county council has agreed a package of help to establish community-run libraries, which includes £5,000 to provide public internet access and cover set-up costs, as well as shelving, an initial supply of books from the county's store, and advice from a dedicated community library manager. When an independent community library becomes operational, the council will also continue to provide support through an annual grant of £1,000 to provide public internet access.

 

 

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