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More libraries ready to re-open in Preston and South Ribble

Posted on - 13th August, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Lostock Hall, Preston Council, Preston News, Ribbleton, Things to Do in and around Preston
Lostock Hall library. Pic: Google Maps
Lostock Hall library. Pic: Google Maps

Lancashire County Council will be reopening three additional libraries in Preston and South Ribble on Wednesday 19 August, but people will still need to book an appointment before visiting.

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The further libraries to open are Longridge, Lostock Hall, and Ribbleton.

The opening hours of the libraries will be Monday to Friday, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.

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There are also plans to open Leyland library on a Saturday between 10am – 2pm from August 22. The Harris in Preston will also be open each Saturday between 10:30am and 3:30pm.

As of Wednesday 12 August, appointments can be booked to use the Six of the best service or a slot for the Browse and borrow Service from August 19.

The Browse and borrow service means that customers are able to visit the library for a pre-booked 30 minute period and choose up to 20 books.

ribbleton library
Ribbleton Library

Customers using the Six of the best service can collect a selection of up to six books chosen by library staff at a pre-booked appointment time.

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.

The online system to book an appointment is available here, and for those who can’t book online, appointments can be made by calling 0300 123 6703.

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County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “It is such good news that we are now able to welcome our customers back into more of our libraries.

“We are taking a phased, step-by-step approach to this, and we are also making more of our services available in the libraries as well, as we cautiously make our way back to normal.

“I’m grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding, and I’d ask everyone to keep an eye on our website and social media channels where we will announce further details of more libraries reopening.”

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