New page for the Harris as library staff transfer

Posted on - 9th January, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
The Harris exterior
The Harris is at “a transformative point in its history”

Harris library staff have transferred from Lancashire County Council to Preston City Council to create one Harris team.


The Harris, which is managed by Preston City Council working in partnership with Lancashire County Council, is in a transformative point in its history as it works to create the UK’s first blended museum, art gallery and library.

A spokesperson for the Harris said: “Bringing the museum and library together as a single service will help the Harris to move forward with its unique and exciting vision to re-imagine the Harris and ensure the Grade I listed building remains a cultural, civic and community hub for the city and county.

“There will be no change in service and you will still be able to enjoy all the great offers available at the Harris Library.”

Read more: Harris named among the North’s top 50 cultural organisations

Tim Joel, Head of Culture for Preston City Council, said: “We have a superb team at the Harris who work closely on offering the best visitor experience possible.

“Moving to a single team is a real boost to the Re-imagining the Harris project which seeks to reposition the Harris as a focal point for creativity and making, digital technology, learning and reading.”

Lancashire County Council Head of Libraries, Museums, Culture and Archives, Julie Bell, in a thank you message sent to staff said: “I must say a huge thank you to the staff at the Harris Library who officially transferred to Preston City Council on 1 January.

“Good luck with the Re-imagining the Harris project and we look forward to working with you all in these exciting times for Preston.”

Read more: Harris exhibition ‘Imagine a World’ explores the images around us

Do you use the Harris library? Let us know in the comments.

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