Libraries could open longer

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Library bosses at County Hall are asking the public for their views on opening hours at 63 of its local branches.

Locally they want to hear your views on proposals to change and extend opening hours at Garstang Library by 90 minutes, taking total opening to 43 hours, and by 30 minutes at Longridge Library, taking its opening hours to 38.

Whalley library would see a five-and-a-half-hour increase, but there would be no changes at Knott End or Lancster libraries.

The consultation will run for eight weeks until July 26. Opening hours were increased or adjusted in most of the county’s libraries some 18 months ago following another public consultation.

Library managers said they would look at the issue again this year to see whether further changes are needed. To fill in the new online questionnaire, go to

For more information call 01772 534008, email or visit your local library.

Julie Bell, county Libraries Manager, said: “We want to help people across the county to get the most out of all the services on offer at their local library.

“With that in mind, we are asking people to choose between the current pattern of opening hours and the changes we are proposing to make based on our knowledge of how the library is used.”